Weight Loss Specialist Jan McBarron Highlights the Key Benefits of Cutting Red Meat from Your Diet

You’ll Boost Your Overall Health and Reduce Your Risks

You’ll Reduce Your Risk of Obesity

According to statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a whopping 93.3 million adults and 13.7 million adolescents and children — some as young as just two years of age — are obese. Obesity is clinically defined as a serious and potentially life-threatening medical condition resulting from excess body weight or fat. While cutting red meat from one’s diet is obviously not a magic wand that will instantly help shed excess pounds and inches, it can certainly play a meaningful role in winning the battle of the bulge. A review of data published in the Journal of Obesity found that people who eat five or more ounces of red meat a day are 27 percent more likely to become obese compared to people who eat lean proteins. They are also 33 percent more likely to have what is called central obesity, which refers to fat in the belly area that, over time, leads to an increased risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes.

You’ll Save Money on Groceries and in Restaurants

As advised by WebMD, substituting red meat (along with expensive fish and poultry) with vegetarian alternatives such as beans, tofu and legumes can make your grocery budget go much further. The amount of money you save obviously depends on where you shop and how much you normally purchase but given that red meat is often the most expensive category on the list, the savings over the course of a year can be substantial.

You’ll Reduce Your Carbon Footprint and Help the Environment

A recent report published in the British medical journal The Lancet, which was compiled by 30 scientists from around the world who specialize in studying food policy or nutrition, highlights another and rather unexpected reason to cut back on red meat: it can help save the planet from ecological disaster. This is because a staggering amount of farmland, along with environmentally hazardous fertilizers and chemicals, are used for meat and dairy farming.

Jan McBarron’s Final Thoughts

Each of the above talking points highlights a benefit of eliminating or reducing red meat in one’s diet. As you can see from the points Jan McBarron has graciously provided, there are both internal and external benefits which are all backed by scientific evidence. Reducing your red meat consumption will boost your overall health, decrease your risk of obesity and coronary disease, save you money, and just as importantly it will reduce your ecological footprint.

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Dr. Jan McBarron

Dr. Jan McBarron

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Dr. Jan McBarron of Duke and the Doctor is an award winning Bariatric Medical Doctor, author and popular public speaker.