Eat Meat To Lose Weight

Meat has long been shunned by a lot of dieters because of its reputation of being high in saturated fat and increasing cholesterol levels. However, when chosen carefully, eating meat can help you lose weight and realise your body goals. Meat is rich in protein is essential to power your body and helps you lose body fat and build muscle.

The importance of protein

Protein is essential for boosting your metabolism and muscle building and repair. If your goal is trimming your midsection, you should be interested in eating more protein. It also provides you with energy and curb your appetite. It can also rev up your brain power.  A protein-rich diet can help you achieve your weight goals and maintain good health.

Feel fuller for longer

When it comes to losing weight and being healthy, the secret is not in eating less. When you are on a very restricted diet, you will naturally feel hungry the whole day. Many people give up on their weight goals for this reason. Truth is, it is very hard to get through the day when you’re hungry.

Incorporating more protein, a hunger suppressor, to your diet keeps you full longer. This means that you can avoid binging on unhealthy food between meals.

Protein for flat belly

How much meat should you consume?

Each body is unique and nutrition should be tailor fitted to what your body needs. When it comes to incorporating protein in your diet, a good guide to base on is to have 1.5 – 2 grams of protein per kilo of body weight. This means that a person who weighs 60kg should have around 90 – 120 grams of protein in their diet. This amount is spread out over 3 meals and snacks.

The wonderful thing about additional protein is your body gets rid what it doesn’t need without storing it or converting it into fat. This is the reason why it is recommended for those trying to lose weight to substitute pasta, rice or bread with protein-rich snacks such as lean meat, egg, fish and poultry.

Best protein sources

meat and other protein sources

You don’t need to consume skinless chicken breasts every time you sit down for a meal just to get your recommended amount of protein per day. Ensure that your diet is rich in protein by having a variety of food sources. Skinless chicken breast is great but so is skinless turkey breast. You can also add lean meat such as grass-fed lean beef and pork tenderloin. Seafood including canned light tuna are great protein sources too. Make sure to check the label for sodium and fat content.

There are other great sources of protein that are not meat too. Shelled pumpkin seeds, tempeh, spinach, guava, chia seeds are just some of the delicious options that you should welcome in your diet. Unsweetened cocoa powder, peanut butter, almond butter, reduced fat milk, cheese and yoghurt can be added to your meals to enhance flavor and nutritional value.

Make protein the star of your meals and pair it with a balanced amount of fats, carbs and fiber. Achieving your dream body can be as easy as adding meat in your day.