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Want To Lose A Few Pounds? Eat Meat.


Add protein to your diet to stay trim.

Did you make a resolution for 2013? I heard a statistic on the news the other day that, while 45% of folks make new year resolutions, only 8% stick to those resolutions. The report also said that most give up their goals within the second week of the new year.

Resolutions include everything from being more organized, to spending more time with family. The most popular resolution is to lose weight. Flip on the TV these days, and you will be inundated with advertisements for weight-loss programs. From Atkins to NutriSlim to Weight Watchers, these companies are hoping to take advantage of your 2013 weight-loss goals in early January, before consumers give it up in February in lieu of Valentine’s chocolates and candy.

The good news is, you don’t have to pay a company for fancy protein shakes and meal plans. The secret to losing weight isn’t so complicated. The reality is that animal proteins and fats are the perfect health food for staying trim and losing weight.

The American Meat Institute (AMI) has put together a great article listing 10 reasons to make meat a part of your weight-loss program.

A few of the reasons that AMI lists include: meat is a complete protein, filled with nutrients that fill you up and keep you satisfied. Plus, it’s easy to prepare, versatile and affordable. Most importantly, it tastes good!

A reader emailed me yesterday about an online nutrition program called SparkPeople, which she uses to track her calories and keep her accountable on her diet. She said it was discouraging to see so many negative articles on this program, as well as about red meat. Unfortunately, when folks go on a diet, they think they need to be deprived and cut the fat, which often means beef is the first thing to get ditched. But there’s a growing trend for folks to include real, whole foods in their diet -- cutting the boxed convenience foods instead -- and those real foods include red meat.

This way of eating is highlighted in a documentary called, “The Perfect Health Diet,” which is ranked 35 on iTunes and is a top-selling independent film and documentary. Basically, it encourages folks to eat like our ancestors did, and live a long, healthy life, with meat as the primary source of fuel. You can follow this trend on Twitter: @PhDDocumentary #ThePerfectHumanDiet

As cattle ranchers, this growing movement is great news. We have a perfect health food to sell; if we can share this positive information about beef, you can bet that our products will fly off the shelves! So, skip the calorie counting in 2013 and just eat real food. In fact, I’m having a steak tonight for supper, and I feel good about it, knowing it’s a healthy addition to my diet and it’s supporting the beef industry I’m a part of.

What are your resolutions for 2013? Do you ever run into the misconception that beef is not a good food for weight loss? If so, how do you respond?

Discuss this Blog Entry 5

W.E. (not verified)
on Jan 9, 2013

Yes, it's the short-cut, easy, fast, convenient food that is worst for us: high sugar soft drinks, the prepackaged, ready to eat, grab & go high carb diet, with appetite stimulants like monosodium glutamate and preservatives to extend shelf life, all designed to make its consumers crave more. That diet, disconnected from nature, grew more and more prevalent throughout the latter half of the twentieth century, along with with obesity, type II diabetes, and related diseases. Meanwhile, in 1987, a new nutrient was discovered by accident when scientists were trying to find a link between cancers and red meat: conjugated linoleic acid, a healthful fatty acid which helps satisfy the appetite while actually helping the body resist cancers. They also discovered that the meat and milk from ruminant animals is the best and virtually only reliable source of CLA. In laboratory and experimental animal studies, CLA has been shown to be a powerful anti-carcinogen at relatively low levels. It has also been shown to exhibit other positive health effects, such as being anti-atherogenic, anti-diabetic, providing enhanced immune function, better mental health, and improved body composition (when accompanied by moderate exercise). But if we eat like our ancestors did, we won't eat grain-fed meat; it will be grass-fed, as all meat from ruminant animals was for thousands of years, until the beef industry started relying on short-cuts like grain-feeding and hormone implants to satisfy the desire for speed, profit and convenience above the best possible human health and bovine well-being. That's the kicker for today's beef industry. For the meat to contain beneficial amounts of CLA, its diet must be grass, not grain. As any long-time successful cow/calf producer will tell you, the right kind of cattle adapt to a specific place and thrive on good pasture forages. The key word to our dilemma here is not the word "beef" but the word "industry." Since the 1970s, an enormously expensive, centralized, entrenched infrastructure has established the industrial aspect of beef, eventually allowing three or four big packers to capture the majority of the market and to capitalize on the agricultural aspects of localized beef production. To convert our beef supply back to accommodate more grassfed beef, allowing truly balanced nutrition to re-enter the food chain, will require considerable re-thinking and a lot less packer greed. High-priced corn and expensive long-distance transportation have turned profit margins into losses for cattle feeders. De-centralization of packing plants and re-establishment of regional and localized infrastructure makes more sense than ever. We can have our CLA and our beef industry, too, if the industrial giants will let it happen—and if people can allow enough green stuff to grow cover the earth so that rain will fall again. But that’s another story….

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jan 10, 2013

My New Year's Resolution is to eat nothing but meat all year.

on May 23, 2013

You will lose more body fat eating protein and fat (don't eat protein alone) than not eating AT ALL. To lose weight fast eat all you want but nothing but meat, eggs, healthy oils, mayo, butter and half an avocado a day (you'll need added potassium). Keep the calories high and the fat percentage high, at least 65% of calories. Adding in green vegetables & some cheese will continue weight loss but at a slower pace. No fruit til you are close to goal and then stick to berries or low glycemic fruits.

If you starve yourself by lowering calories lower than are needed for the body to function, your body will freak out and will want to store every ounce in case it doesn't get nourished again. You need to give it adequate nourishment so it doesn't slow your metabolism down to adjust for lower calories.

Simple carbohydrates (sugar, flour, bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, rice) triggers insulin which can store the calories you eat into fat. The more protein you eat the more the fat burning hormone glucagon is released. The more carbohydrate you eat the more the fat storage hormone insulin is released.

Carbs are addictive and can be disastrous to our health. The best way to break the addiction is NO carbs for 3 days. Make a huge batch of deviled eggs and eat one every time you want "something" have huge omelets for breakfast, with bacon, a lil onion, peppers, mushrooms & cheese. Pork chops for lunch. Get pork rinds and eat them with tuna salad. Steak for dinner. Make a huge sugar free cheese cake for dessert. Eat so much you won't feel deprived of anything. By the fourth day, your addiction will be gone and you can start making healthy choices.

High insulin levels unbalance other hormones. Controlling your insulin level will balance out other hormones & allow human growth hormone (HGH) to be produced naturally so you will gain lean muscle even without exercise. Any exercise will greatly increase your muscle mass with high HGH levels.

on Mar 4, 2013

Meat contains more proteins than plants and that my friends is a plain old fact.Meat product constitute of around 20-22 amino acids which provide for the essential nourishment of the body whereas plans contain only 16 amino acids which on comparison with meat does stay at a disadvantage.So,it is indeed a healthy option to eat meat but mix it up with organic plant products and derive the maximum nourishment.Medifast diet program

Lena (not verified)
on Sep 1, 2013

Totally agree on the meat and fat stuff, I eat a primal diet with no carbs, only the ones found in veggies, nuts and alvocados, and loads of red meat, offal and oily fish, I am super lean, have really low body fat, plenty of energy, no water retention nor cellulite and stable blood sugar levels, run, cycle and feel always changed...and I am a 40 year old female, so not 20 with super speedy metabolism, food industry is a big lobby with a massive budget to spend on tricking people to beleive all the bullshit they try to sell, if you´r smart enough you´ll be able to see outside the box and start eating as we all are suposed to eat! I love red meat!

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