Is Poultry Good for Weight Loss?
Unless you are a vegetarian, you probably like having some kind of poultry once in a while. You may even like to head to the local steakhouse now and then, but which of the two of these favorite meats is healthier for you?
Chicken and Red Meat
We always hear that reducing the amount of red meat in our diets is a good idea since increased red meat consumption is believed to contribute to many diseases. What about that chicken? What does it do?
If you've noticed, there is always a new fad diet that claims to take a substantial amount of weight off in short periods of time. Those are the diets that are not even close to healthy, so certain aspects of the diet can cause you to have frequent headaches and light headedness.
A healthy diet consists of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and is low in added sugars, trans fats, saturated fats, and cholesterol. Having a diet such as this is not as scary as it sounds. To make it sound a little better, how about adding eggs, nuts, fish, beans, and even poultry to that diet? Does that sound better? Of course it does. These foods are leaner than that huge ham on Christmas or that adventure over to the steakhouse.
What Kind of Chicken Should You Eat?
First of all, don't think that fried chicken is going to have the same result as grilled chicken. Fried foods are not good for you and not good for your diet, so going to the local Kentucky Fried Chicken isn't going to be any healthier, so you might as well go to the local steakhouse and order a 10 oz steak.
Here's an example that shows you the difference between a piece of fried chicken and a piece of regular chicken: If you fry a 4 oz chicken breast in batter, it has 365 calories and 18 grams of fat. If you fried that same chicken breast in flour, it would have 217 calories and 8.5 grams of fat. At this point we have determined that flour fried is better than batter fried. Now if you take that same 4 oz chicken breast and you roast it without the skin, it is only 141 calories and 3 grams of fat. That last one looks much better, doesn't it?
Those examples are proof that poultry such as chicken doesn't have to be bad for a diet. There are essential nutrients in chicken that our bodies need such as protein, vitamin A, calcium, iron, and fiber.
When choosing your poultry, do it carefully because dark meat has double the fat of white meat. You also want to make sure your poultry is skinless because the skin itself is fattening.
Replace Steak with Grilled Chicken
With these facts in mind, next time you want to go out for dinner, replace that steak with a non-fried chicken dish. That skinless chicken has around six times fewer calories than that of a 10-12 oz steak. Yes, chicken does contain cholesterol, so you don't want to eat it every day three times a day, but you certainly want to use it as a substitute for your usual fattening meat choices.