The Best Ways to Choose Lean Meats to Lose Weight


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Lean meats such as flank steak, breast meat, and skirt steak are good for you and will improve your health. Lean meats also provide excellent protein which helps to control weight. Although many people think that lean meats are more expensive they are actually cheaper than fatty meats. When buying meat consider the fact that most grass fed meats have little fat, or if any fat is there it is very low. You will need to trim and remove as much excess fat from the lean meat as possible.

Zinc And Iron

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Lean red meats contain a lot of zinc and iron. Lean meats contain less vitamin A, vitamin B12, vitamin C, and iron than fatty meats. This is because the zinc and iron contained in lean meats is not absorbed well by the body.

Cooking meat releases lots of unwanted fat and calories, but also adds fat to the food. If you make the switch to cooking lean meats instead of frying your food you will significantly reduce the amount of fat present in your food. Studies have shown that the average American eats more calories that they should be burning off due to overeating and under cooking meat. Cooking meat only accounts for five percent of the calories we consume per day, so if you want to lose weight and keep the pounds off, reducing your intake of fat and calories will help.

Nut Meats

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Nut meats like legumes (beans, lentils, and chickpeas) and nuts (almonds, cashews, peanuts) are also great for you and will help to control your weight. Legumes and nuts are full of fiber and are rich in nutrients. Nuts such as almonds are rich in protein and are a good source of essential fatty acids. They are also rich in calcium, iron, and magnesium.

Lean meats such as chicken (without the skin) and turkey contain high levels of good carbohydrates, but are lacking in dietary fiber. The fiber found in whole grains and vegetables can help to fill you up when you are filling up on legumes or nuts. Eggs are another good source of protein, with the yolk being high in good fats. Lean meats and seafood have high levels of cholesterol, which is not good for you. In fact, high cholesterol can increase the risk of heart disease, so if you are going to eat any kind of seafood or legumes make sure they are low in cholesterol.

Grilled Chicken Breast

Grilled chicken breast and turkey breast are both very good options for chicken lovers. The only real difference between the two is the cut of meat you use. Chicken breasts are cut into thin strips so they grill easily and don’t stick to the bones. When you cook a thin strip of meat directly on the bones it becomes soggy and doesn’t taste very good. Turkey breasts are also very rich in protein and should be eaten on their own, or mixed with another type of protein like lean meats to make a complete protein.

Bottom Line

Finally, there are poultry products like chicken and turkey. Poultry can be a good addition to your diet if you carefully monitor the fat content of the cuts you buy. Chicken is lean meat but most often has a lot of fat built in from the way it has been raised. Most often you can tell how oily the chicken is by its label, but in general you don’t want to buy the cheaper poultry if you are serious about losing weight. Turkey is lean meat as well, but because it is white (the most healthiest variety) it contains little fat and instead has high concentrations of protein, vitamins, and minerals.

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