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Lean Protein & Vegetables Diet

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Jennifer Andrews specializes in writing about health, wellness and nutrition. Andrews has a Master of Science in physical therapy from the University of Alberta as well as a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. She teaches yoga and pilates and is a recent graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
Lean Protein & Vegetables Diet
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Protein is an essential nutrient needed for the growth and repair of tissues in the body. It also satiates the appetite, reducing cravings and overeating. Vegetables are low-calorie, have no added sugars and little to no fat; they fill you up without weighing you down. A diet of only lean protein and vegetables is a type of fad diet as it restricts food groups, may be difficult to adhere to and is potentially lacking in essential nutrients. You can achieve weight loss with a well-balanced diet that includes lean protein and vegetables, as well as fruit, whole grains, dairy and healthy fats.

Get Lean With Your Meat

Lean protein foods have approximately 55 calories and 2 to 3 fat grams per serving, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. One-ounce servings of suitable lean proteins include: lean beef, such as tenderloin, flank steak or London broil; turkey or chicken with the skin removed; veal; salmon; sardines; or cheeses with less than 3 grams of fat.

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Make vegetables the foundation of each of your meals for a rich supply of essential vitamins and minerals. For example, enjoy a spinach omelet for breakfast; a salad with cucumbers, radishes, peppers and greens with a protein for lunch; and a roasted sweet potato with dinner.

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