Paleo Diet is big on meat, but not just any meat. Take a look at what “grass-fed” actually means (it’s not the same thing as organic!).
What does Grass-Fed Mean?
“Grass-fed” means exactly what it sounds like: Cow’s that eat grass (and sometimes other grass like things, like alfalfa – other stuff that you would naturally find in a field and that the cow would naturally eat).
This sounds like a completely ridiculous label: don’t all cows eat grass? What else would a cow eat?
Actually, most cows raised in the UK start their lives eating grass, but when it comes time to fatten them up for slaughter, they’re moved to barns where they live inside and eat grains, not grass. The vast majority of cows in the modern food system do not actually eat grass for their whole lives.
How Grass-Fed Beef Helps You Lose Weight
Very few people think of grass-fed meat and fat as a diet food. We’ve seen many familiar nutritional guidelines bite the dust over the past few decades, but none have been more surprising than the good fats-vs-bad fats and low carbs-vs-high carbs controversies. Eating grass-fed meat and fat can satisfy your appetite so you eat less, stop your body from storing fat, and get your body to start burning fat. Grass-fed meat and fat also gives you many vital nutrients that you might not otherwise get while dieting. Most of the nutrients are in the fat. For instance, the popular Paleo diet embraces a high-protein/low-carb way of eating. Paleo enthusiasts are proving that when you eat like our hunter-gatherer ancestors, you’ll lose weight more easily and get healthier.
Grass-fed Beef is a Weight-Loss Superstar
Grass-fed beef is nutritionally stronger than the grain-fed beef of animals raised in CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations). One of the big differences is the presence of a naturally occurring healthy fat called CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). Although synthetic versions of CLA have been a popular weight loss supplement for years, the natural CLA in grass-fed animals is present at much higher levels and is a more effective weight-loss aid.
Grass-fed Meat and Fat Satisfy Your Hunger by Nourishing Your Body
One of the hardest things for anybody on a diet is to eat less, or to give up foods that you are used to eating. The constant hunger can make it very difficult to lose weight. The main reason for most hunger is very simple. The body is not getting the nutrients it needs, so it wants to keep eating until it has what it needs. The problem is that modern foods do not contain all the nutrients your body needs, so eating them does not satisfy hunger.
The Many Benefits of CLA & Grass-fed Beef
Since 1999, research studies continue to show that grass-fed animals have 300% to 500% more CLA than grain-fed animals. CLA is easily absorbed in this form, making it readily available for your body to use. Additional benefits of CLA and grass-fed beef include:
Normalizes thyroid function, allowing your thyroid to produce substances which help normalise your weight.
Helps to avoid the weight gain which often results from hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid)
Increases your metabolic rate, so your body burns more calories
Tells your body to stop storing fat and to start burning it
Increases muscle mass and decreases fat
Decreases abdominal fat
Satisfies your appetite so you eat less
Stops hunger pains and cravings because you’ve eaten nutritionally rich grass-fed beef
Delivers many vital nutrients—most of which are in the fat—that you might not normally get while dieting
The Nutrient Powerhouse of Grass-fed Beef
Grass-fed meat and fat are loaded with many nutrients such as high-quality protein, vitamins D and A, most B vitamins, vitamin E, many minerals, most amino acids, and the proper ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fats. Conventional grain-fed beef contains a much lower ratio of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids to inflammatory Omega-6 fatty acids (1 to 20) than grass-fed beef (1 to 1 – 1 to 4). Simply put, a typical Western diet that is high in Omega-6 but low in Omega 3 increases inflammation and the potential for damage and disease while a healthier diet with balanced amounts of Omega-6 and Omega 3 reduces inflammation.
It’s easy to see why the nutritional advantages of grass-fed beef over grain-fed beef are central to a healthy weight-loss and weight-maintenance program.
Barefoot Biltong is made from 100% grass-fed beef, Barefoot Biltong is the perfect addition to a healthy weight loss program and an on-the-go lifestyle. Barefoot Biltong are enhanced with some South African flavours. Instead of tasting like those tough-to-chew jerky brands in supermarkets, Barefoot Biltong is very tender, flavourful, and juicy, especially when enjoyed medium/wet and fatty. Enjoy your protein boost the healthy, tasty way!