The Lifestyle Cut Diet is designed for individuals who are looking to both lose weight and achieve a low body fat percentage. The diet promotes low carbohydrate consumption as well as frequent meals, in order to encourage the body to keep burning fat. Below are some great snack options for people considering the Lifestyle Cut Diet.
1. 5 Oz. of Lean Beef
Beef is a good source of high quality protein, and is essential in the promotion and maintenance of muscle mass, especially during periods of dieting. In addition, the protein and naturally occurring fats in beef will keep you feeling full for a longer period of time. When buying beef, look for lean cuts that are as fresh as possible – consider buying from a meat market or from the meat counter at a local grocery instead of purchasing prepackaged beef. Cook the beef in a manner that adds as little extra fat as possible. For example, grill or broil your beef to achieve an extra-lean result.
2. 2 Oz. of Avocado
Avocado is one of the best dietary sources of monounsaturated fats, which are “healthy” fats. Monounsaturated fats work similar to fiber in promoting feelings of satiety, and are also important in the promotion of heart health and the reduction of stroke risk. Avocados can, for the most part, be found year round, although they vary quite a bit in price depending on your location and the season. Choose avocados that are slightly soft to the touch, but not too mushy. Slice and eat the avocados plain, or combine with tomatoes and onions for a homemade guacamole.
3. 1 Cup Green Beans, 2 Tbsp. Peanut Butter
Green beans contain carbohydrates, which are essential in providing the energy that we need to make it through the day, while remaining low in fat and calories. Green beans contain fiber, which aids in promoting feelings of fullness, and they’re effective in the prevention of specific types of cancer, including colon cancer. Peanut butter is a good source of protein, and contains the same monounsaturated fatty acids as found in avocado. Use the peanut butter as a dipping sauce for the green beans. Allow the peanut butter to reach room temperature to allow for greater ease in dipping and spreading.
4. 6 Oz. of Grapefruit
Grapefruit contains high amounts of fiber, which as we discussed earlier helps to keep you feeling full and prevents overeating at later meals. In addition to this health benefit, grapefruit is a great snack to bring along to work or in the car. It’s easy to peel and eat on the go. Grapefruit can typically be found fresh year round, though the price may vary depending on your location and the current season. Use as little sugar as possible on the grapefruit. Instead, try sprinkling the grapefruit with a small bit of maple syrup. This is a natural sweetener, and is healthier for you than the typically used table sugar.