One of the best ways to see weight-loss success? Loading up your plate with protein. In fact| many trainers and nutritionists recommend at least 20 grams of protein at breakfast| which should be within 30 minutes of waking for the best weight-loss success. But not all protein is created equal; when searching for the best way to fuel up| you should always opt for the lean protein options. But what exactly qualifies as a lean protein?
According to the USDA| lean meats contain less than 10 grams of fat and 4.5 grams of saturated fat| as well as less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol| per 3.5-ounce serving. In general| beef cuts like roasts| top loin| top sirloin| and shoulder are the leanest cuts of beef| while cuts like pork loin| tenderloin| center loin| and ham are the leanest cuts of pork. When it comes to choosing poultry| opt for skinless breast meat or turkey cutlets for less-fatty options like thigh meat. For more on how to choose a lean cut of meat| read this list on the leanest cuts of red meat like bison| lamb| and veal.
Many types of seafood are also considered lean even though their fat content may be high. That’s because seafood is a great source of unsaturated fats| the “healthy fats” that help keep your heart and brain healthy and fight belly fat as well. When choosing seafood| look for sustainable choices that are high in omega-3 fatty acids| like salmon| trout| or herring.
Lean protein isn’t just about choosing the right cut of meat| however. There are plenty of vegetarian sources that make a prime protein source| like beans| quinoa| tofu| and unsalted nuts. In fact| switching out your meat routine just once a week may help you be healthier by reducing your risk of diseases like cancer. Don’t always equate protein with meat; there are many other foods that are sky-high in protein. Use this list of high-protein meats| dairy products| and plant-based foods to help you decide which protein is right for you; be sure to pay attention to the fat content as well.
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