When you’re trying to lose weight, lean sources of protein are your best friend. 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’ll have a much better understanding of why lean protein is great type of food to eat when you’re trying to lose a few pounds 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 just that, mostly pure protein, without the added fat of many other types of meats, or the added carbs of many protein powders and meal replacement bars. 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.
For example, chicken breast is a great source of lean protein. Start with a grilled chicken breast and add some grilled asparagus and a side salad for a healthy weight loss meal. Or how about baked chicken breast with a little brown rice and steamed broccoli.
Boneless, skinless chicken breast isn’t your only good source of lean protein. Other great choices are lean, ground beef or turkey, flank steak or beef tenderloin, pork tender loin and lean pork chops, and fish like light tuna, cod, halibut, flounder, and red snapper. Let’s not forget about egg whites. They are pure protein and make a great addition to meals from breakfast to dinner. They are also a great snack in between meals.
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. I’m sure you’ve noticed that yourself. You can’t eat a whole bunch of lean steak or chicken breast. It also takes a long time to digest, meaning that you won’t be hungry again for quite a while. Last but not least, lean protein helps your body build more muscle which in turn will burn more calories throughout the day. That’s why it’s important to consume high-quality, lean protein after you work out.