WICKS’ DIET TRICKS
Working out is but half the battle. Make this summer your leanest yet by adding Joe Wicks’ go-to ingredients to your shopping list. Consider them your tools for total reconstruction
Our cover star shares his six ingredients for lean abs. Midget trees included. Naturally
CRUSH YOUR CRAVINGS
Nuts are a great way to introduce healthy fats into your diet, and Wicks makes almonds his staple. Comparatively low in calories – a 10-nut serving has roughly 60 calories with 2g of carbs – their fibres stabilise blood sugar and reduce hunger, according to the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. A winning strategy for your abs aspirations.
OIL THE ENGINE
No #Leanin15 video is complete without Wicks chucking a spoon of coconut oil into the pan. And he’s onto something: 60% of the oil’s fats are MCTS, which quickly convert to energy. They’re a bit like carbs in that sense, but won’t impact blood sugar. A study by the American Society for Clinical Nutrition found that subjects who used MCT oils, instead of olive oil, lost more body fat, too.
STAY FIT FOR PURPOSE
Minimise missed workouts by following Wicks’ lead and adding star anise to your curries. It’s a source of shikimic acid, which a study in the Journal of Medical Virology found contributes to improved immune function. It’ll support protein absorption, too, activating digestive enzymes that help your body process the muscle-fuelling macronutrient.