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5 Ways to Eat Meat without Harming Your Diet

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A sizzling steak, a juicy burger or a perfectly cooked filet of pink, flaky salmon — sounds good, doesn’t it? Meats are packed with protein, iron and other nutrients essential for cellular health and muscle growth. And, truthfully, most cuts of meat are flat-out delicious. That said, too much meat in your diet can lead to problems. Cheaper cuts of meat are often high in saturated fats and low in fiber, and store-bought meat products may be high in sodium and preservatives. Buy the wrong meats, and you may end up harming your diet. How can you eat meat while still being healthy?

5. Phase Out Unhealthy Meat Products

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Completely removing meat from your diet isn’t necessary to be healthy. Meat products are an important source of vitamins and proteins, plus many of the meats we eat are delicious. In the end, all you need to do is eliminate the more unhealthy forms of meat from your meals. Work out a plan for yourself, and gradually reduce specific foods from your daily routine. By slowly cutting out processed meats like fast food and TV dinners, you can replace these meals with healthier forms of meat, such as fish and high quality beef. Just by eating processed meats less often, you will quickly find increased quality in your health and weight.

4. Reduce Your Portion Sizes

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Most people eat too much meat. When you go out and order a steak, you don’t need to order the biggest cut of meat on the menu – that 6-ounce steak will do just fine. Even leaner cuts of meat may still be higher in unhealthy fats and cholesterol than other forms of protein such as beans or almonds. If you’re a carnivore, take a look at your portion sizes and consider whether you could scale down your meat intake.

3. Find Replacements

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There are many different types of meat products to choose from, even when choosing from unprocessed, natural options. The most common options  are fish, chicken, pork, and beef. In most cases, red meat is not usually the healthiest option. Red meat is higher in saturated fat, which can lead to weight gain and an increased risk of heart disease. When making meals that would normally be made with red meat, replace the beef or pork with chicken or fish. You can also try meatless protein products made from soy or tofu. However, even red meat has health benefits when consumed in moderation, so don’t feel like you need to cut it out completely.

Marissa is a talented writer and journalist with a strong background in covering physical and mental health issues. Find Marissa on LinkedIn!

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