Bulking up your meat dishes may help you control your weight

Preparing meals when you are on a weight-loss diet does not necessarily have to be a boring task that leaves you consuming an unappetising meal. Quite the contrary. It can be a fun and interesting process that makes you enjoy meals more than ever, without having to feel guilty about piling on the calories!

What kinds of foods can be used to bulk up meat dishes?

Consider adding split peas, beans and other lentils to your meat dishes to increase the nutrient content of your meal and help keep you feeling fuller for longer.

These foods are great sources of protein and fibre, apart from other valuable minerals! Not only will you be reaping the nutritional benefits that they have to offer, but it will also aid your weight-loss efforts.

According to Full Plate Living, lentils are also advantageous to weight loss as they have the ability to keep our blood sugar levels stable, which in turn helps to reduce cravings.

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Best of all is that you will enjoy the pleasant taste and flavour that lentils can add to your meal so be creative and experiment with them the next time you are preparing a meat dish!

Consult a professional

Consider consulting a dietician if you require assistance in putting a weight loss meal plan together. In addition, you should always check with your doctor before making any drastic changes to your diet, especially if you are under medication or suffer from any medical condition that has an effect on your diet.

Source: Brochure entitled ‘Understanding Weight Gain and Obesity’ by SA Sugar Association, Full Plate Living

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