I see so many people struggle with what to eat in order to lose weight and feel better. I hear stories of clients eating nothing but 6 ounces of grilled chicken for each meal, or loading up on bacon and steak to try and get their bodies into a state of ketosis. I have watched clients struggle to lift weights that were once easy because their diet has them so out of whack.
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I was a grilled chicken girl through and through. I loved sausage, bacon, turkey, steak... all of those "protein sources" that I thought would help me drop fat and gain muscle. I filled up on these saturated fats, leaving less room for veggies and beans, and then wondered why I couldn't lose those last 5 pounds!
I was puffy and bloated all the time; I constantly needed Tums or some kind of antacid; I woke up every morning still uncomfortably full from dinner; and I couldn't drop the last bit of weight no matter how much I worked out.
I know that there are a lot of fad diets out there that prioritize meat (Paleo, Keto, Atkins, etc.), but I'm here to tell you something that I know you already know: the answer to true and lasting weight loss is eating mostly fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Take my husband, Simon, for example. When he stopped eating meat, he lost twenty pounds in one month. Twenty pounds in 30 days! He wasn't dieting or working out any more than usual, he just switched out meat for veggies, beans and grains.
There are so many benefits to going meat-free, but here are just a few:
1. Protein straight from the source
Many diets make the claim that you need to maximize protein intake in order to be healthy and lose weight, however, there is little research that supports this claim, and ingesting too much protein can put a lot of stress on the body. Most people eat nearly 3x the amount of protein that their bodies actually need.
Meat does not inherently contain protein - it has protein because of what the animal ate before it was slaughtered. Meat has protein because of the plants that make up the animal's diet.
All plants contain protein, and by filling up on them, you'll get exactly how much protein you need without overdoing it.
2. Inflammation sucks
Even just one serving of meat triggers inflammation inside the body only a few hours after consumption. If you're a meat eater, you might be living with inflammation so constant, you don't even recognize it as a problem. By reducing your meat intake, you'll notice a flatter stomach, less bloating, and even reduced levels of arthritis, stiffened arteries and swollen feet and ankles.
3. Weight loss
If you're swapping meat for vegetables, beans, whole grains and fruit, you're going to lose weight. Not only do those foods contain little to no fat, but they're significantly lower in calories, meaning that you can fill up two giant plates of vegetables and still not consume as many calories as one serving of meat!
If you're trying to lose those last few pounds, feel lighter, have less bloating and reduce your inflammation, you need to try going meatless.
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