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Higher-protein diets are popular with consumers because they help preserve muscle while helping people feel full longer. With a focus on protein, it’s important to understand how beef factors into current diet trends.
A new checkoff-funded study, Beef WISE (Weight Improvement, Satisfaction and Energy), shows that eating lean beef four or more times a week, as part of a healthy and higher-protein diet, combined with physical activity, can help people lose weight while maintaining muscle and supporting a healthy heart. In the Beef WISE study, published in Obesity Science and Practice and conducted by the University of Colorado, researchers found that, when combined with exercise, lean beef is just as effective as other protein choices to help people achieve important health goals. Key findings from the Beef WISE study included:
Many of consumer’s favorite cuts of beef are lean, including top sirloin steak, top round steak or roast and extra-lean ground beef. More than 60% of whole beef cuts found in the supermarket are considered lean, due to enhancements in cattle breeding and feeding, as well as improved trimming practices.
A healthy diet should be satisfying and enjoyable, and this study shows that people can continue to include lean beef as part of their weight loss diets and see positive results. You can find more checkoff-funded resources on the Beef WISE study or great-tasting beef recipes here.
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The Iowa Beef Checkoff program has recently released new research, Beef WISE (Weight Improvement, Satisfaction and Energy). The study shows that eating lean beef as part of a healthy and higher-protein diet, combined with physical activity, can help people lose weight and fat while maintaining lean muscle and support heart health. A key finding of this study found 90-95% of the weight loss came from fat, not muscle. More information on the Beef WISE study can be found at http://www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com/proteinsbenefits.aspx