Cutting off the skin on chicken before cooking it, can be an easy way to cut down on calories.

Some of us can’t seem to resist the delicious taste of the skin on chicken. It could be on curried chicken, deep fried chicken or even roast chicken. Bear in mind that whilst chicken skin adds flavour and some texture to a meal, it can also add many calories!

Keep the calories down

Consider cutting off the skin on chicken before cooking it. Take a few seconds to turn the chicken skin over. You may be relatively surprised to see the layer of fat that is attached to the back of the skin.

Cut down gradually

If you tend to enjoy the taste of chicken skin, try cutting down on the portion that you consume. Gradually consuming less will help you to adjust to this change more easily.

High in protein

Remember that chicken meat is an excellent source of protein. Protein is one of the main nutrients that support a weight loss diet. It helps to repair and build muscle tissue. In addition, it can help you to feel full for longer when included into your meals.

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If you are only familiar with consuming meals that contain chicken with the skin still attached onto it, it may be worth your while to consider other ways of including chicken into your diet. For example, you can add grilled chicken breasts to a basic salad or even prepare lettuce wraps that are filled with cooked shredded chicken.

Consult a professional

Always consult a dietitian if you require assistance in putting a 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.

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