You Can Eat Meat
Many people do not understand. You can eat meat and lose weight. As a matter of fact we should eat
some lean meat for health purposes. A healthy diet should include some lean meat for iron, protein and
other nutritious reasons. The problem is in our society most meat is not lean and most people overeat.
Too much of a good thing is not good at all. So the question is how much is too much? Better yet, how
much lean meat can I eat and still lose weight?
Today we consider a healthy diet should be include at least 1500 calories for women and 1800 calories
for men. At these levels most people would lose weight because the average woman consumes more that
2000 calories per day, while the average man is over 2500. To lose weight we simply need to burn more
calories than we consume. The nutritional information on food packages assume the average diet is 2000
calories per day. If we are burning and or eliminating 2000 calories per day then we we should lose
weight reduce our eating to 1500 to 1800 daily. That seems logical but is not always true.
What You Eat Counts
The question still remains, how much lean meat can I eat and still lose weight? When we decide to lose
weight we do not just count calories. We need to evaluate content. The content of a healthy diet would
include a balance of a variety of necessary food groups including protein, carbohydrates and fat. We
need all three groups. Sure there is good and bad of each but, lean meat constitutes necessary protein
without excess fat. A balanced diet would be 60% to 70% fresh fruit and vegetables; 20% to 30%
whole grains, nuts and beans. That leaves no more than 10% of our daily calories as lean meat. Now if we
are trying to lose weight that means on a daily basis we should not have more than 180 to 200 calories
of lean meat. Now the average cheeseburger at a fast food restaurant is between 400 and 800 calories.
That means no Big Mac’s, Whoppers or Quarter Pounders with Cheese.
But there are a few reasons to avoid the fast foods when attempting to lose weight. First the meat is
not lean. They are typically specially bred animals that are fattened and plumped up just for the fast
food chain. The truth is few people prefer the meat of a lean cow versus a nice juicy plump one. We
have been brain washed to believe the fatter the better. The second reason avoid fast foods is the
bread and the secret sauce. They are so filled additives, sugar, corn syrup and corn starch as they add
as many calories as the meat itself with no nutritional value. So not only is the meat not lean and the
bread and sauces are so full of additives but the entire fast food, commercially processed, meals are
detrimental to full of sugars, sodium and starches that causes numerous health problems.
If you noticed you can eat 150 to 200 calories of lean meat a day and still be able to lose weight. It is
highly unlikely to get that from a fast food restaurant. You could get that at home. A small fresh cut of
lean beef could be about 200 calories. Chicken and turkey could provide the same protein with half the
calories. There is another important factor to consider, metabolism and muscle mass.
Increase Your Metabolism to Lose Weight
The reason men can have more and actually require more calories daily is they have more muscles. The
greater your muscle mass the greater your metabolism is. The greater your metabolism the more
calories you burn. In other words if you exercise regularly you increase your metabolism and burn
calories. If you do resistance training you turn fat into muscles, burning the fat and burning calories.
Muscles burn calories even when you are not exercising. But to maintain muscles you must continue to
use them or they convert to fat. This is a long way of saying if you exercise daily burning more calories
you can eat a little more meat and still lose weight. Keep in mind, you lose weight when you burn more
calories than you consume.
Eat Less, Eat Healthy, Burn Calories, Exercise Regularly, LOSE WEIGHT.