Posted by: steve | 2008-11-10


I have always believed that one should cut out read meat to loose weight. I am now reading more and more that one should include lean meat (Particulally chicken / pork / beef - reference Mens Health magazine) in your diet as this is good for weight loss.

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Dear Steve
Untrimmed red meat has quite high fat and energy contents (for example untrimmed grilled steak contains about 17.2g of fat and 113 kJ per 100g), while fat-trimmed grilled steak contains 9.3 g of fat and 855 kJ per 100g. So a lot depends on what type of meat you buy and how you prepare it and how much you eat. White chicken meat without skin for example contains 4g of fat and 666 kJ per 100g and if you only have 50g then you would halve your fat and energy intake. Meat as such is a good source of high quality protein, B vitamins and minerals like iron and zinc, so it can definitely be used in a slimming diet, but white chicken or other poultry meat (ostrich, turkey)without skin, pork with all the fat removed and venison prepared with the minimum of fat are preferred.
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Posted by: Y | 2008-11-11

To answer your question Steve - yes include meat in your diet. It does not really matter if it is fatty or lean meat - both will help you loose weight. In fact the fatty meat will probably control your appetite better than lean meat. To loose weight you need to reduce carbohydrate intake (e.g. potatoes, pasta, rice, bread, cake, biscuits, and fruit), and focus your eating on red meat, diary (low or fullfat versions - not skim), fish, poultry and veggies (no portion control necessary). Also include up to two portions of fruit - the only acceptable high-carb food for weightloss.

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