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5 Inarguable Reasons You Need Meat for Weight Loss

5 Inarguable Reasons You Need Meat To Lose Weight
Written by Isaac

When we think of the classic diet foods, nothing comes to mind more than the leafy green salad.

While salads are great for you and low in calories, they mislead a lot of people into believing they’re the best way to diet.

5 Reasons Why meat for weight loss is good

Seeing how skinny a lot of vegetarians and vegans helps add to this illusion. Here’s why it’s an illusion though: meat is great for weight loss. It’s also much healthier than cutting it out to slim down.

Here are 5 reasons you need meat to lose weight - and why it’s a better option than boring old salads, steamed vegetables, and rice cakes.

1. It’s Natural

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Cooking with love provides food for the soul.

Humans are omnivores. We’ve been eating meat for hundreds of thousands of years. Why would you deprive your body of the nutrients it needs?

Often, a meat-free diet results in a Vitamin B12 deficiency which can make losing weight much harder as it causes weakness and fatigue, decreasing your endurance and energy you need for a good workout.

2. It Reduces Hunger 

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What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.

A high protein intake can literally transform the way hormones work in your brain to trigger feelings of hunger or fullness.

Protein increases levels of hormones called GLP-1, peptide YY, and cholecystokinin, all of which reduce your appetite. This is perfect if you're doing intermittent fasting (​totalshape.com/diet/intermittent-fasting). 

It also decreases levels of the hormone ghrelin which causes you to feel hungry.

3. Meat Boosts Your Metabolism

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If you get tired learn to rest, not quit.

Whereas your metabolism could slow down to get the most energy from a low-protein diet, the high-meat diet actually increases your metabolism.

This is due to a high thermic effect (your body heats up and burns a lot of calories to digest protein) and an increase in muscle mass.

A meat-rich diet can increase calorie burn by up to 100 to 300 calories per day.

4. It Reduces Cravings

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Willpower is like a muscle. The more you use it, stronger it becomes.

You can have the greatest willpower on the planet and still fail a diet because your cravings get the best of you.

When you add meat to the mix, though, the chances of this lower significantly.

Eating more meat has been shown to curb late-night snacking and cravings throughout the day, especially when you load up at breakfast time.

1. Improved Body Composition

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Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do. Not a punishment for what you ate.

A low protein diet causes you to lose weight all around, meaning your muscle dies along with your fat. You don’t want this. What you want is healthy weight loss where fat is burned and muscle grows.

Protein stimulates this muscle growth, allowing you to become stronger and to build a faster metabolism - two things which won’t happen if you opt for the vegetarian or vegan path to weight loss.

If You Want To Lose Weight, Keep Eating Meat

The myth that starving yourself on salad and juice is the way to lose weight needs to die.

This diet is unhealthy, causes a breakdown of muscle, damages your metabolism, and deprives your body of nutrients it naturally needs.

To lose weight the healthy way, go for lean meats like chicken and turkey as well as fish like salmon and sardines rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

Are you a meat eater, vegetarian, or vegan? Are you pro-meat when it comes to weight loss?

About the author

Isaac

I’m a personal fitness trainer and nutritionist living in sunny Indianapolis, IN. I’ve spent the last 8 years staying at the forefront of the health and fitness industry. In that time, I’ve helped hundreds of people shed the excess weight and get into shape, maintaining their healthy new lifestyle through proper training and eating habits.