Nutrition and DietDoes eating meat make you fat? How many calories does it provide?

Does eating meat make you fat? How many calories does it provide?

Is eating meat fattening? We tend to believe that eating meat is fattening, especially on weight loss diets. Also discover how many calories meat provides.

In recent years, so-called hyperprotein diets have gained in popularity, consisting of high protein diets in which the consumption of carbohydrates is “prohibited” or reduced, essential for a healthy and balanced nutrition.

As with any aspect of nutrition, it is usual that in many weight loss diets there are countless myths or beliefs that in most cases are wrong.

For example, there are erroneous myths with the belief that fruits are fattening, or if even drinking water with food is fattening.

As it could not be less, the same thing happens to the meat. Especially because it is a food rich in protein, but about which there are doubts in relation to whether eating meat makes you fat or not.

Is it true that eating meat makes you fat?

The meat is one of the basic foods found in so -called as protein diets, because it becomes an excellent source of protein, excellent quality, by the way.

However, we must not forget a fundamental question: this type of diet can be dangerous if it is not carried out under the supervision of a nutritionist, since it can produce in our body what is known as a state of ketosis.

Regarding the properties of meat, especially from a nutritional point of view (which is what ultimately should matter to us when we follow a balanced diet to lose weight), meat not only provides good quality protein, but minerals such as iron or zinc and vitamins of group B.

When asked if meat is fattening, we must always keep in mind that, by itself, food does not make you fat (just as it does not lose weight). We are the ones who get fat depending on how we cook them, what we eat them with and in what way (it is not the same to eat a certain food in moderation and without abusing it, than to do it in excess and daily).

In the case of meat, exactly the same thing happens, since meat should not and cannot be absent from a balanced and healthy diet, precisely because of the great variety of essential nutrients that it provides us.

How many calories does meat provide?

In the case of meat, we are faced with a food that is especially rich in proteins considered as quality, since the vast majority provide essential amino acids that are essential for the proper functioning of our body.

Of course, we must differentiate between those known as lean meats, and red meats or more fat, since the former are richer in proteins of high biological value and less fat; while the latter, although healthy, are less recommended in diets.

Here are the calories provided by meat per 100 grams, depending on the animal and the part or type of meat that is going to be consumed:

Pork calories

  • Lean pork:  110 kcal.
  • Pork ribs:  195 kcal.
  • Pork belly:  384 kcal.
  • Pork bacon:  758 kcal.

Calories in lamb meat

  • Lamb chops:  345 kcal.
  • Leg of lamb:  234 kcal.
  • Shoulder of lamb:  270 kcal.

Calories from beef

  • Lean beef:  95 kcal.
  • Veal chops:  115 kcal.

Calories from beef

  • Lean beef:  108 kcal.
  • Beef ribs:  224 kcal.
  • Beef tenderloin:  175 kcal.
  • Beef tenderloin:  115 kcal.

Turkey calories

  • Turkey thigh:  114 kcal.
  • Turkey breast:  105 kcal.

Calories from chicken and other poultry

  • Chicken thigh:  110 kcal.
  • Chicken breast:  95 kcal.
  • Quail:  105 kcal.
  • Partridge:  108 kcal.

Calories from horse meat

  • Horse meat:  107 kcal.

Calories in rabbit meat

  • Rabbit meat:  155 kcal.

How much meat can we eat?

Although we must differentiate the consumption of white meat -with fewer calories, healthier and with greater nutritional power- from red meat, it is advisable to eat meat three times a week.

Regarding which meat to choose, it is best to opt for meat with less fat, eating for example twice a week white meat (chicken, turkey breast, rabbit) and once a week red meat.


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