While on a weight loss program, it can be difficult (and sometimes confusing) to figure out what’s okay to eat, especially when it comes to protein and meats. Between beef, chicken, pork, fish, venison, and many others, it’s understandable that many people have trouble picking out the right kinds of meat. In this post, we’ll try to clear up some of the confusion, as well as outline the good and the bad when it comes to picking the meat that’s right for you and your weight loss plan.
Stick to low fat, lean cuts of steaks and beefs, and look for those labeled as grass-fed and cage-free, along with other similar organic labels. These sorts of fresh meats will give you the best and healthiest results, and can be found at grocery stores that sell organic products and local farmer’s markets.
Do your best to avoid eating the same kind of meat more than once in a day, as well as eating the same meat two days in a row. Go for variety; it will be better for your body and your taste buds. Stay away from meat products labeled as “natural,” as these simply mean there are no added preservatives, colors, or synthetic ingredients, and not that the animals were grass-fed or pastured. The more specific a meat product is about its organic qualifications, the better.
What You Should Try
While eating organic is helpful for losing weight, there are still specific kinds of meats and proteins that are more beneficial than others. We most recommend eating the following:
- Chicken Breast
- Been Lean Steak
- Fresh Cod
While there are many ways to cook and prepare meats, the most recommended ways are either grilling or baking them in an oven. In addition to being healthier, these cooking methods allow your food to retain its flavor more than others.
It’s also important to control the daily portions of the meat you choose to eat. It’s better to dedicate one meal every day to proteins. Eating more than one meal of meat per day has the potential of giving your body an excess of nutrients that could hinder your weight loss progress. Just like anything else, too much of any kind of meat or protein is not good for you. As long as you limit your intake of meat, and add in servings of fruits and vegetables in your other meals, you’ll have a much better chance of getting the results you want.
‘Meat’ Your Goals
Finding the courage to start losing weight can be hard, but finding the right food to eat once you’ve started shouldn’t be. With a better understanding of organic terms, portion control and creating a variety in the meats you eat on a daily basis, you can give your body the elements it needs to effectively lose weight and stay healthy. For inspiration for healthy meat-based meals, be sure to give our Recipes Page a look!