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.
High-Volume, Low-Cal Vegetables
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.
- Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook; Nancy Clark, MS, RD
- NIH: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: Food Exchange Lists
- NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: Healthy Eating Plan
- FamilyDoctor.org: Nutrition for Weight Loss: What You Need To Know About Fad Diets