Yes, you heard that right. If you’re looking to lose weight, red meat is an essential part of your diet. However, many people restrict red meat as they think it will hinder their weight loss efforts.
Lean red meat is an excellent source of protein and high-protein diets have proven to be successful for weight loss.
One possible reason for the success of high-protein diets is related to the ‘thermic effect’ of food. This means the energy required for digestion is greater for protein than it is for carbohydrate.
In other words, eating protein boosts metabolism more than carbohydrate.
Protein also has a greater satiating effect than fat or carbohydrate which means you feel fuller for longer after eating a high-protein meal. The benefit of this is you may find yourself eating less between meals.
Bottom line: weight loss is simple when eating enough protein foods.
Because protein helps us feel fuller for longer and boosts metabolism, there is no need to count calories or eat “diet foods” as long as you are eating a healthy, balanced diet.
As well as providing complete protein, lean beef and lamb give us essential fat, the full range of B vitamins, fat soluble vitamins and essential iron, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc.
How much beef and lamb can I eat?
If weight loss is your goal, make sure to eat a variety of high-protein foods throughout the day.
Lean beef and lamb can be eaten in moderate portions 3-4 times a week alongside foods from each of the four main food groups. A healthy portion of lean red meat is around 100g (cooked).
Why don’t you try our barbecued steaks with baba ghanoush and tomato salad
? It packs a punch with 36g of protein and invites plenty of vegetables to the plate.