Dieting Advice and Nutrition: Meats

How can I lose weight? One of the most popular questions I get asked. Granted this question itself is vague, there are better questions to ask like what should I eat? How much of that should I eat? When should I eat? How much cardio should I do? Should I use weights? All these questions (among other) will help achieve weight loss goals.

In this blog, I’ll tell you what good meats to eat, how to make them taste better (if needed), and how to prepare them.

What should I eat?

This is where people think of bland meals that taste similar to chalk, cardboard, and air. On the contrary, a lot of healthy meals can taste just as good as any other meal. All it takes is a little creativity, some reading, and different cooking methods.

Meats such as chicken, fish, and lean beef are great in taste and nutrition content. They’re very high in protein and easy on the calories and fat. These three foods have been staples in thousands of people’s diets and continue to work well to this day.

“Tastes like chicken!” One of the most universal cooking meats is none other than the barnyard local. With dozens of ways to prepare it, it’s a very easy to make and tastes great. Ranging from homemade and low-fat marinates, breading, wings, grilled, etc. It’s hard to not have a good meal involving chicken. There are ways to prepare it to be less healthy, though. Be careful!

If you deep fry any type of food, the grease will cook into it. This is one reason why it tastes so good. I would advise not to use deep fried chicken as a dietary aid. Regardless how you prepare chicken, the best way to ensure a thorough cook and great taste is to bake it.

Fish is another great meat to eat when dieting. Fish is very little in fat, high in protein, and abundant in healthy fats and oils such as Omega 3s and some have Omega 6s. Omega 3s and 6s oils help cushion joints, increase brain, skin, and heart health, and immune health, too.

I know a lot of people aren’t a fan of fish, but if you want something extremely lean and good for you, this should be an item on your shopping list. There are ways to make it taste better, too.

The most common thing to do is marinate it. I found the best way to do this is to make your own. This way you know exactly what goes into it. Only thing you need to watch out for is what liquids you add. Their separate nutritional values add up with everything else you add. I’d recommend lemon juice, low fat barbeque sauce, and my personal favorite, hot sauce. You can also add various spices into it. Baking is the best way to cook fish as well as chicken.

Lean meat is another good meat to eat. There is controversy over if you should eat it while dieting. I find that while it’s higher in fat than chicken or fish, it has good vitamins in it. There are ways to prepare it to eliminate as much fat as possible.

The healthiest way to prepare it is to cook it in a skillet. One thing to point out is to not put any non-sticking agents in the pan. The meat will accumulate enough oil to keep it from sticking. If it was frozen, the water will aid it as well.

As you cook, the meat will go from it’s bright red color to a dark brown color. Obvious right? Well once all the meat has turned an even shade of brown, add a cup of water to the pan. This will cut down on the oil splatters as well as keep the oil separate from the meat. Cook just before the meat will turn crispy.

After you’re done cooking, take the pan and empty it into a strainer (or colander) in the sink. Then take the hose and run it over the pile. Be sure to sift the strainer and spray the sides of it, too.

Keep in mind this is just three baselines for a healthy meal. Variations of these are tremendous. Get creative with preparations towards varying the taste.

What shouldn’t I do?

As I mentioned before, a major thing you shouldn’t go is deep fry foods. Doing so will cook the grease into it and increase the amount of fat to it.

Butter is another thing people use for flavor. Butters chemical structure as a saturated fat will take it’s toll on you down the road. Saturated fats are usually solid at room temperature. While it may taste good, it isn’t the wisest choice regarding additives. What I would recommend is using it in moderation (if at all), and instead, add some olive oil. Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat. This means that it’s chemical structure is not saturated and that it can be broken down when digested easier.

If you need more help for creating marinates or recipes, check out Muscle & Fitness.com or bodybuilding.com. Some of you may say that you are not bodybuilding, but the foods and recipes are still good to follow for overall health.

Above all else, keep your head up and stay safe.

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