When you think of fast food, a golden arch or drive-thru window might be your initial idea, but the solution to losing weight is developing a new mindset for fast food. Faster animals are the key. Lean proteins are typically from faster moving animals. Cows will have a hard time outrunning a chicken and shrimp can surely beat mussels in a race for speed.
The point is that leaner animal proteins deliver leaner protein for your body and protein is key to weight loss. Higher protein diets, (up to 40% protein) have shown greater results than the lower protein diets. A combination of lean proteins coupled with large servings of fruits and vegetables is key to a healthy weight. When dieting, be certain to have protein with every meal and at least 2-3 servings of fruits and vegetables.
A recent study conducted by the Journal of the American Heart Association found that a moderate-fat diet was more successful in lowering cholesterol levels than a low-fat diet. The moderate-fat diet had participants consume avocado (considered a healthy fat) as part of a 34% fat intake of total calories. The participants had equal amounts of calories daily, but something in the avocado helped reduce cholesterol better than the low-fat diet. The BOLD diet recently also debunked the myth that red meat daily cannot be part of a healthy diet. In this study, the DASH diet included 4 ounces of lean beef protein daily.
Keep in mind, that fruits and vegetables are not only low in calories, they are also high in fiber and water content. They are an important part of your diet. Research shows us that eating 7-9 servings of these anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant packed foods can reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease by 50% according to a recent study. Keep in mind that the darker the colors typically the higher the concentration of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.