The Meat Debate: Weight Loss Must-Have or Diet Disaster?

May 10, 2011 By:
The Meat Debate: Weight Loss Must-Have or Diet Disaster?

It’s pretty obvious, if you’re gnawing on gravy-drenched fried chicken every day, it’s not a good diet decision. And while there are plenty of weight loss plans that suggest a diet filled with protein-rich meats, there are just as many that suggest cutting them out completely.

“Meatless Monday” is a non-profit campaign that urges people not to eat meat on Mondays in order to improve their health.

When Hollyscoop asked Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi her diet secrets, she told us: “I don’t eat a lot of meat. In fact, I really support what Stella McCartney is doing with the Meatless Mondays. I think that is a great initiative. While I’m very omnivorous on a regular basis, I don’t really eat a lot of red meat.”

The Meatless Monday organization campaigns on the basis that a diet high in red meats is association with colon cancer. Because many red meats are high in saturated fats, many nutritionists recommend getting your protein through beans or peas.

Victoria’s Secret supermodel Adriana Lima agrees, telling Hollyscoop: “I am really trying hard to cut meat, I already cut read meat.”

So it seems pretty unanimous that red meat isn’t a good diet choice. But what about the leaner meats, is it necessary to cut them out, too? “My goal is to cut the fish and chicken,” Lima continued.

With weight-loss plans like the Dukan Diet around, there’s some controversy over cutting all meat—including fish and chicken—out of your diet. One of the phases of the Dukan diet instructs to eat nothing but protein. And it makes sense, because these meats are known for having zero carbohydrates—those little grams that are responsible for unsightly belly fat.

Kate Middleton made the Dukan Diet famous, and with her svelte figure, it doesn’t look like eating meat is going to make anyone obese. But it’s often the steroids that meats like chicken are pumped with that have nutritionists worrying, so if you have a meat craving, it’s best to buy free-range

So if you’re going to opt for a carnivore’s diet, avoid red meats, and like anything, leaner meats are okay in moderation. The debate on meat may still be up in the air, but one thing is certain: exercise is always must for losing weight.

The Hangover star, Rachael Harris, told Hollyscoop she exercises six days a week.

“I like outdoors for running. I like to run. I like lifting weights; I think its one of the best kept secrets for ladies it gets your metabolism up.”

No matter how much meat you eat or don’t eat, there’s no hiding from the gym.