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Want To Lose A Few Pounds? Eat Meat.

Want To Lose A Few Pounds? Eat Meat.

Did you make a resolution for 2013? I heard a statistic on the news the other day that, while 45% of folks make new year resolutions, only 8% stick to those resolutions. The report also said that most give up their goals within the second week of the new year.

Resolutions include everything from being more organized, to spending more time with family. The most popular resolution is to lose weight. Flip on the TV these days, and you will be inundated with advertisements for weight-loss programs. From Atkins to NutriSlim to Weight Watchers, these companies are hoping to take advantage of your 2013 weight-loss goals in early January, before consumers give it up in February in lieu of Valentine’s chocolates and candy.

The good news is, you don’t have to pay a company for fancy protein shakes and meal plans. The secret to losing weight isn’t so complicated. The reality is that animal proteins and fats are the perfect health [3] food for staying trim and losing weight.

The American Meat Institute (AMI) has put together a great article [4] listing 10 reasons to make meat a part of your weight-loss program.

A few of the reasons that AMI lists include: meat is a complete protein, filled with nutrients that fill you up and keep you satisfied. Plus, it’s easy to prepare, versatile and affordable. Most importantly, it tastes good!

A reader emailed me yesterday about an online nutrition program called SparkPeople, which she uses to track her calories and keep her accountable on her diet. She said it was discouraging to see so many negative articles on this program, as well as about red meat. Unfortunately, when folks go on a diet, they think they need to be deprived and cut the fat, which often means beef is the first thing to get ditched. But there’s a growing trend for folks to include real, whole foods in their diet -- cutting the boxed convenience foods instead -- and those real foods include red meat.

This way of eating is highlighted in a documentary called, “The Perfect Health Diet,” [5] which is ranked 35 on iTunes and is a top-selling independent film and documentary. Basically, it encourages folks to eat like our ancestors did [6], and live a long, healthy life, with meat as the primary source of fuel. You can follow this trend on Twitter: @PhDDocumentary #ThePerfectHumanDiet

As cattle ranchers, this growing movement is great news. We have a perfect health food [7] to sell; if we can share this positive information about beef, you can bet that our products will fly off the shelves! So, skip the calorie counting in 2013 and just eat real food. In fact, I’m having a steak tonight for supper, and I feel good about it, knowing it’s a healthy addition to my diet [8] and it’s supporting the beef industry I’m a part of.

What are your resolutions for 2013? Do you ever run into the misconception that beef is not a good food for weight loss? If so, how do you respond?