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Steak and Weight Loss

by 551 · June 14, 2012 at 2:08 PM

I'm sure others have noticed this, but I don't see anywhere near as much weight loss when eating chicken, seafood or other meat compared to steak. Even with ground beef compared to ground turkey, I notice a difference. So, back to beef (steak at least two to three times a week) it is ; ) My wife says steak is a diuretic (has that affect on her) and that's why she likes to eat it several times a week.

For the record (in case anyone is interested), I'm down 30 lbs in two months and feel great eating Paleo. I just find the meat thing interesting (what stalls me vs what allows me to lose more weight). And while I'm big on beef (moreso steak) I only eat grassfed on occasion (cost/availability and I have a good butcher in my area where I get my beef regularly). I supplement Omega 3 because of this (thought I'd mention this).

Thoughts?

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39204 · March 16, 2012 at 3:23 PM

I've experimented with this a ton and I'm certain that steak provides better satiety than any other meat. This would lead to fewer calories eaten over the course of a day if you eat based on when your stomach growls rather than time of day etc.

It may be that we tend to swallow larger pieces of it and thus it has to remain in the stomach longer in order to be digested. It may also be that it's simply more psychologically satisfying to eat it compared to other meats. Either way, red meat is definitely the way to go if you're trying to lose fat.

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19504 · March 16, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Poultry is high in Omega 6 which could stall weight loss... This might explain some of it as well.

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193 · March 16, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Steak will have much higher fat content than turkey, chicken or seafood, which in turn provides much better satiety.

Mmmm, eat fat to lose fat - novel eh? :)

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980 · March 16, 2012 at 3:38 PM

I have also noticed this effect and I have at least one hypothesis:

Steak is more often cooked rare, which protects more nutrients. I think that the B vitamins and taurine might have something to do with this effect. And I am sure there are even more nutrients that are denatured or degenerated by cooking.

Taurine, at least, is sometimes listed as a diuretic.

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3418 · June 14, 2012 at 2:08 PM

It's the fat.

Fat satisfies your hunger quickly, and it keeps it satisfied for a long time.

If you're not as hungry, you don't eat as much. If you don't eat as much, you lose weight.

When we have chicken, we usually accompany it with something high in fat (like vegetables stir fried in butter) to make sure we're getting enough fat in the meal to keep our hunger satisfied.

The conventional wisdom that a low fat diet is the key to losing weight is 180 degrees wrong. The key to losing weight is to eat enough fat at every meal to keep your hunger suppressed. That's why people on a low fat diet complain of always being hungry, they don't eat enough fat to keep their hunger satisfied for any length of time.

Eat more fat at every meal if you want to lose weight.

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383 · June 14, 2012 at 11:56 AM

i normally buy the prime lean mince beef, it costs more than the regular mince beef, i always thought this was a better cut of beef and that's why it was more expensive, just wondering now would i be better of buying the cheaper beef that is less lean??

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