16 Kinds Of Protein That Will Help You Lose Weight

BY KERI GLASSMAN, R.D., FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH | Men’s Health

protein for weight lossWhen you think of lean protein, there’s a pretty good chance chicken is the first thing that comes to mind. But this macronutrient, which is vital for losing weight, comes in many forms.

While it’s easy to get stuck in a food rut, especially if you’re trying to shed pounds, eating the same kale and grilled chicken salad five days in a row is a recipe for bailing on your healthy habits altogether. Swapping that chicken for salmon or shrimp will keep you from getting bored, meaning you’ll actually eat your lunch instead of toss it.

And, just in case we all need a refresher: Lean protein is kind of a big deal when it comes to weight loss. Your body needs protein to maintain, repair, and grow lean, fat-burning muscle and help you stay fuller longer. One study published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition even found that people who ate 30 percent of their calories from protein, versus 15 percent, consumed 441 less calories. (Looking for an easy way to boost your shakes? Check out this organic whey protein from the Men’s Health store.)

So to get you to your weight loss goal without hating life (and chicken), we bring you this list of all your healthy, lean protein options.

black beans

1. BLACK BEANS

Serving: ½ cup
Protein: 8 g
Make it easy: Try them in soup with a dollop of guac

cod
2. COD

Serving: 4 ounces
Protein: 24 g
Make it easy: Bake with lemon juice and capers.

egg
3. EGG

Serving: 1 large
Protein: 6 g
Make it easy: Hard boil and devil them with their own yolk, or add guacamole.

egg whites

4. EGG WHITES

Serving: 2 large
Protein: 8 g
Make it easy: Make a scramble with leftover vegetables.

flounder
5. FLOUNDER

Serving: 4 ounces
Protein: 28 g
Make it easy: Broil, top with hot sauce, and use in a soft taco.

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