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Long-Term Weight Loss with Protein

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Long Term Weight Loss with Protein Hope you’re having a terrific week. (I know it just got started, so it can’t be THAT bad yet, right?) The reason I decided to do health and weight loss topics on Mondays, was so that I could motivate all of us to get back on track after the weekend.  I, for one, need motivation on Mondays to get me thinking straight…and back to eating right. lol Referring back to my list of Superfoods, turkey, chicken breast, salmon and other fish were on the list.  This is mainly due to the protein content in these foods.  Most of us want long-term weight loss and studies have shown that protein can help us achieve that because the extra protein intake can decrease appetite. Through a study of mice, there was an indication that protein can influence your metabolism.  Those mice who were fed double amounts of leucine (an amino acid present in protein) had a significant reduction in obesity and also an improved insulin response.  In yet another study, leucine seemed to reduce the storage of fat cells.  Fatty acids were used by the muscle cells, meaning fat was being used for fuel.  We all want those fat cells put to some good use and then disappearing, right!?! Meats can be high in protein, but we need to consider that they can be high in saturated fats.  Turkey without the skin is low in saturated fat.  Turkey is also rich in niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium, and zinc.  So for meat lovers, I recommend that you choose your meats wisely, and observe your proportions well.  *As a precaution, please be aware that too much protein can have adverse effects, such as kidney disease. I suggest that you stay away from protein bars.  They’re not as healthy for you as the manufacturers claim and you have no control over all the added (not-so-good-for-you) ingredients.  “Bravo” for those who prefer to focus more on vegetables and nuts for their protein.  Americans tend to eat way to much meat.  On a further note, vegetable proteins lack certain essential amino acids, but combining  them with rice, grains, whole wheat breads, etc. you can have a complete meal.  (Click here to view examples of plant protein combinations.) I’ve gathered just a brief list of vegetables and nuts that are fairly high in protein.  There are also some dairy products that could be included, but I chose not to list them.  Many people have side-affects from dairy products and do not even realize that dairy has been the root cause of their problems. Vegetables high in protein: beans (9 grams of protein per serving),  peas (7 grams of protein per serving), asparagus (3 grams of protein per serving), broccoli (3 grams of protein per serving), watercress (3 grams of protein per serving), brussel sprouts (3 grams of protein per serving) Nuts & seeds high in protein: peanut butter (2 TB – 8 grams protein), almonds (¼ cup – 8 grams), peanuts (¼ cup – 9 grams), cashews (¼ cup – 5 grams), pecans (¼ cup – 2.5 grams), sunflower seeds (¼ cup – 6 grams), pumpkin seeds (¼ cup – 8 grams), flax seeds (¼ cup – 8 grams) Weekly Motivational Pep Talk: Start a weight loss journal.  Keeping track of what you’re eating, can help you choose your foods more responsibly. It’s easy to sneak in a lot of extra calories without even realizing that you’re doing it. If you’re still finding it tough to say “no” to all the extras, get an accountability partner and turn your journal over to your partner to view once a week.  Ouch!  It might seem embarrassing, but it could definitely motivate one to be a little more careful. (Go ahead and comment below to update us on your goals and accomplishments!  I would love to hear from you!) Healthy Recipe of the Week:
Turkey and Avocado Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts

2 cups of cooked and sliced turkey (you can use Rotisserie deli turkey)
1 large avocado sliced
2 red apples, cored and sliced
Bunch of mixed salad leaves

Dressing:

3 tablespoons apple juice
3 tablespoons low-fat natural yogurt
1 teaspoon clear honey
1 teaspoon mustard
2 oz of toasted pine nuts for garnish

Place all the salad items in a large bowl and gently toss together.
In a separate bowl mix all the dressing ingredients together except the pine nuts.
Pour dressing over the salad and top with toasted pine nuts.
To toast the pine nuts place a little olive oil or non stick spray in a non stick frying
pan and toast the pine nuts for approximately 2 minutes.
======================================================= For further individual study: Research statistics & nutritional excerpts on the superfoods that promote weight loss have been taken from: The Superfoods Rx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients ======================================================= Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links. ]]>

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February 22, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Great share, Rhonda! Just a thought, toss in some chopped up celery, carrot, walnuts etc into the “Easy Egg Salad Sandwich” recipe (you posted on 16 Feb) for a healthy high protein meal that’s inexpensive. 🙂



    February 23, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    That’s a terrific idea!

    I also love adding walnuts to some fruit in the morning to create my own homemade “cereal” type of breakfast and toss some ground flax seed on top.



Missy
February 23, 2010 at 9:17 am

I enjoyed your post. On a side note for the dairy products, I used to have problems with drinking milk and stuff until I went organic milk and at least rbst(hormone) free on all of my other dairy products. No more problems, it was all of the hormones and stuff that they add to milk nowadays that had me so messed up.



    February 23, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Missy, that’s great…it’s wise to use hormone free milk if you’re going to drink dairy. I use rice milk in the mornings for breakfast, and I use very little dairy when baking.



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