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Myth: Meat Makes You Gain Weight

meat weight lossGetting healthy, losing weight, and lowering your glycemic count is an admirable goal, and one we should all be considering as we head out for our weekly grocery shopping. While the temptation is to restrict as many calories as possible -- oftentimes by cutting out meat -- as you're stocking up on your dark leafy greens at the farmer's market, don't forget the organic, grass-fed, steak.

If your goal is to eat healthy, and lose weight, you're going to need some heft in your meals so you aren't left hungry, shaky, and tempted to go back to your old ways of filling up on bread. Protein and fat will leave you satiated and less tempted to scrounge around your cabinets for a sugar fix that will sabotage your diet, and leave you feeling gross.

In fact, there is yet another study on dieting and weight loss that shows eating meat can help you lose more weight in the long term, and in fact is just as good in the weight loss fight as going all fruits and veggies.

The latest word on the street is that calorie counting isn't the best way to judge a diet plan. Not all calories are created equal, and those who ate a moderate amount of fats, including meats, lost the same amount of weight, or more, than those on a different plan. While people on a calorie restricted diet did not fare as well as those were allowed to eat fats and oils -- while cutting out carbs two days a week -- let's go out on a limb and say they probably weren't having a good a time during dinner either.

Which is another reason why restricted diets usually don't work; you're going to feel deprived and fall off the wagon. Filling up with meat and fat means you won't feel bad about skipping dessert, or saying no to the bread basket. Two sugar-laden options that really will pack on the pounds.

So pull out the roasting pan, as even fatty meats can help your healthy diet work out well. Which means you should cook up a nice organic brisket this weekend, and enjoy it with a side of creamed spinach.