Losing weight is no easy feat. Lean sources of protein can be your best friend during this process. Let’s explore what exactly lean protein is, how you can incorporate it into your diet, along with why and how it aids in weight loss.
By the time you’re done reading this post you should have a much better understanding of why lean protein is such a great type of food to eat when you’re trying to slim down and you’ll be ready to work it into your meals.
Lean proteins are found in certain cuts of meat, some fish, and egg whites. They are pretty much pure protein. They don’t have the added fat of many other types of meats. Lean proteins also don’t have the added carbs of many protein powders and meal replacement bars.
Eating lean protein has a couple of benefits that will aid you in shedding those pesky extra pounds.
The first is that it’s a fairly low source of calories that will fill you up quickly. Protein will also help you stay fuller longer. Because it takes a long time to digest, this results in you not being hungry for quite awhile. It’s key to have a good source of lean protein at every meal.
Second, lean protein helps your body build more muscle. In turn this will help you burn more calories throughout the day. That’s why it’s important to consume high-quality, lean protein after you work out.
A great way to make sure your meals include plenty of lean protein is to start there and then build the rest of your meal around it.
I find it easiest to start with my source of lean protein and then start building my meal around it. A simple salad and a sweet potato work well with a plain omelet or a steak, while I prefer broccoli and steamed rice with my grilled chicken. When you start with a protein, you can simple add one or two sides that work well with it to round out your meal.
Salads are another great meal option. Start with a large bed of greens and then dig through the fridge and pantry for other yummy and healthy ingredients. Fresh and pickled veggies are always a good option, as is a bit of fruit, a few nuts and seeds. Perhaps you could even add something decadent like crumbled bacon, a bit of cheese, or a chopped avocado for some healthy fat. Top with your favorite source of lean protein, like hard boiled eggs, grilled chicken or pork chops, sliced steak, or grilled tuna and you’re good to go.
If salad isn’t your thing, or you want a simple hot meal that’s just as full of healthy veggies, make a big pot of soup or stew. Start with your source of protein again. Lean ground beef or turkey is a great place to start as is lean stew meat. Brown it and start adding your veggies along with some quality stock and seasonings. Simmer until done and grab a bowl.
It takes some extra planning and a little practice. But once you build the habit, it’ll become second nature to always have your protein.
Check out Seven Fantastic Sources of Lean Protein for some ideas!