Yes, the title looks very odd, how can turkey be a good weight loss food?! We can report to you that a turkey diet carries some superb weight loss benefits, whilst retaining a lot of the nutrition you need to sustain yourself. Turkey is one of those rare ‘super-foods’, in a similar league to baked beans, and is included in many diets we’ve featured on this site. It’s one of the most recommended meat types that is recommended for eating during a weight loss diet.
First up, following turkey weight loss will introduce lots of good fats into the system, and these good fats are important to your system because they allow for efficient vitamin delivery throughout the body, leading to muscle production, which is supplemented by the high protein levels found in turkey. This will aid any fitness regime you’re following and if possible you should try and eat your turkey within 30 minutes of exercising to help repair your muscles as soon as possible and get your ready for your next exercise. The protein also helps build your muscles up too – good for those wanting to look like they’re working out!
If you’re eating turkey for weight loss, you’ll be interested to hear that turkey contains significant levels of the amino acid Leucine, which is found within the protein in turkey (and other lean meats such as chicken) which stimulates your blood-sugar and insulin levels. Stimulating these makes you feel fuller, and thus you have less need to eat, resulting in weight loss. Leucine also increases the amount of glucose your muscles use, which would otherwise by stored as fat.
The type of turkey you eat for weight loss is important too however. If you just eat processed turkey from packets you’re not going to get the full benefit from turkey, and it might even have a negative effect. The best way to consume it is by getting a raw turkey, or turkey breasts or wings, from a supermarket and roasting them yourself. 4 ounces of roast turkey only contain between 125 – 200 calories but will fill you up by a surprising amount!
And if we already started mentioning some nutritional values of turkey food here is more information. Introducing 7 ounces of turkey meat in your diet are enough to provide your body with its daily protein requirement. Turkey breast is the turkey food that contains the least amount of fat, with 3.5 ounces of turkey meat containing only 0.01 ounces of fat. This means that you can easily use turkey breast as a trusted and healthy weight loss food. Cook turkey breast with skin on, for optimal taste, but remove the turkey skin before eating and you will save 60 calories at every 3.5 ounces of meat.
Finally, some people only eat turkey at Christmas and might struggle to know what to do with it. You don’t just have to eat it in a roast dinner with potatoes and vegetables, you can instead put it in all sorts of dishes. People generally know hundreds of different chicken dishes, and for a lot of them you can simply swap the chicken for turkey! Easy!
Turkey Weight Loss Food Caloric Value
– Turkey Breast (WITHOUT skin) -> 110 calories / 3.5 ounces
– Turkey Breast (WITH skin) -> 179 calories / 3.5 ounces
– Turkey Legs (WITHOUT skin) -> 140 calories/ 3.5 ounces
– Turkey Legs (WITH skin) -> 180 calories / 3.5 ounces