Did you hear yesterday’s news about the link between red meat and diabetes? I’m still going to eat red meat. It’s not that I don’t believe the research that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, but let’s put it in perspective.
The strongest link for developing type 2 diabetes is excess weight – especially if you’re inactive and the weight is gathered it’s around your middle. And, with 2/3 of all Americans overweight or obese, let’s start there.
And, to lose weight, one needs to reduce calories and ramp up their exercise. Instead of cutting out all red meat, let’s try moderation…it’s more likely to last in the long run. In that same article, Dr. Evans said the emphasis should be more on the type of fat…rather than red meat itself. Cutting calories should definately reign in on those large portions of meat, especially those that are fatty or processed. So, try these ideas on:
- Cut back on processed meats such as sausage, bacon, and hot dogs
- Select leaner cuts of beef such as sirloin, tenderloin, and round steak
- If you want a steak when dining out, ask for the petite steak – and tell them not to put the butter on the top (yes, that’s why all the “juice”…some of its melted butter)
- Keep protein portions to the size (and thickness) of the palm of your hand. That 3-5oz portion is plenty enough protein for muscle development.
- Get up off that coach and move! Sitting time is directly related to weight
Remember, small changes can make a BIG difference.
from Dr. Jo, inspiring busy people to stay healthy, sane, and productive. www.DrJo.com