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Steak and Weight Loss

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Created March 16, 2012 at 3:17 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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20353 · June 16, 2012 at 2:16 AM

You are very welcome. It is a very cool link...

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383 · June 15, 2012 at 7:46 PM

I am going to reprogram my brain to eat meat cooked in lots of coconut oil or Kerrygold butter, that should do the trick for my insane satiety, Thanks.

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2328 · June 15, 2012 at 12:24 PM

nice, thanks for the link. that's wicked interesting i've never really seen anything on that before.

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20353 · June 15, 2012 at 4:07 AM

http://gettingstronger.org/2011/11/obesity-starts-in-the-brain-2/

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2328 · June 15, 2012 at 2:30 AM

how do omega 6's stall weight loss?

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8014 · June 14, 2012 at 3:58 PM

I know that fat's supposed to have the most satiating effect of the 3 macros, but *for me,* I've always found greater satiety with protein. (Even a big hunk of chicken breast without much fat.) I could eat a few Tbsp of butter or coconut oil and still feel hungry, so, at least for *me,* personally, I can't rely on fat to fill me up. Fat with protein,* now you're talkin'. (Which would be why steak - especially a nice fatty cut - is great for me.) (Note: satiety from protein does *not* extend to protein powders in shakes...liquid protein fills me up, but not for long.)

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552 · June 14, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Blast from the past post, lol. Kidding. Thanks for your input Talldog. Update: As of June, I'm down 60 lbs ; )

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4875 · June 14, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Depends on the quality: typically toxins are stored in the fat of an animal, so if you're eating CAFO produced meat it would be a better idea to buy lean and add your own butter, avocado, coconut oil, pastured tallow, etc. With grass fed meat, I go as fatty as possible. The 75/25 ground beef that US Wellness sells is absolutely amazing.

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14877 · June 14, 2012 at 12:30 PM

It could also be that steak contains more carnatine, which assists in the utilization of fat for energy.

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552 · March 16, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Definitely (at least for me and the wifey) provides better satiety over other meats.

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552 · March 16, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Good call on the Taurine, very true. I've heard the same.

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552 · March 16, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Novel indeed ; )

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39841 · 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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552 · March 16, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Definitely (at least for me and the wifey) provides better satiety over other meats.

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14877 · June 14, 2012 at 12:30 PM

It could also be that steak contains more carnatine, which assists in the utilization of fat for energy.

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20353 · 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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20353 · June 15, 2012 at 4:07 AM

http://gettingstronger.org/2011/11/obesity-starts-in-the-brain-2/

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2328 · June 15, 2012 at 2:30 AM

how do omega 6's stall weight loss?

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20353 · June 16, 2012 at 2:16 AM

You are very welcome. It is a very cool link...

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2328 · June 15, 2012 at 12:24 PM

nice, thanks for the link. that's wicked interesting i've never really seen anything on that before.

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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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552 · March 16, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Novel indeed ; )

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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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552 · March 16, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Good call on the Taurine, very true. I've heard the same.

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3450 · 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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552 · June 14, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Blast from the past post, lol. Kidding. Thanks for your input Talldog. Update: As of June, I'm down 60 lbs ; )

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8014 · June 14, 2012 at 3:58 PM

I know that fat's supposed to have the most satiating effect of the 3 macros, but *for me,* I've always found greater satiety with protein. (Even a big hunk of chicken breast without much fat.) I could eat a few Tbsp of butter or coconut oil and still feel hungry, so, at least for *me,* personally, I can't rely on fat to fill me up. Fat with protein,* now you're talkin'. (Which would be why steak - especially a nice fatty cut - is great for me.) (Note: satiety from protein does *not* extend to protein powders in shakes...liquid protein fills me up, but not for long.)

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383 · June 15, 2012 at 7:46 PM

I am going to reprogram my brain to eat meat cooked in lots of coconut oil or Kerrygold butter, that should do the trick for my insane satiety, Thanks.

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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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4875 · June 14, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Depends on the quality: typically toxins are stored in the fat of an animal, so if you're eating CAFO produced meat it would be a better idea to buy lean and add your own butter, avocado, coconut oil, pastured tallow, etc. With grass fed meat, I go as fatty as possible. The 75/25 ground beef that US Wellness sells is absolutely amazing.

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