Eat steak to lose weight

Even though we are far removed from London, having lived close to the capital for a while, we occasionally peruse the London Evening Standard. As local papers go, it’s one of the better ones. It spends a lot of time and page space on lifestyle which we like to read about. A recent story was right up our street, ‘Steak makes you feel fuller than eating carbs’.

The piece (here) cites a study from the University of Purdue in Indiana that combined the results of 28 studies across 500 participants to learn more about our eating habits.

Half of the participants were fed a high protein meal such as chicken or steak. The other half were fed a high carbohydrate diet such as pasta. Those participants were then asked at various points how full they felt after eating each meal. The results were collated and the results are than those who ate more protein felt fuller for longer.

Now this is news to nobody as we have always been encouraged to add a protein to our meals. The menu at The Stone Grill and most other restaurants build dishes around a protein and then add the supporting cast of carbs and vegetables. Not only does it act as the centrepiece, it also adds the fulfilment that we want you to leave here feeling.

The study is hardly conclusive as it only looked at short term eating habits. The controversial nature of high protein diets such as Atkins and the Paleo diet means more studies are likely to be carried out over the coming years to assess what the long term prognosis is for this kind of eating habit.

While we cautiously welcome this news, we do think it needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. You might expect a venue that sells steak on a stone or fish dishes to want to promote a high protein diet, but we won’t. We firmly believe that a healthy and varied diet is still the way to go whether you want to lose weight or not.

It’s obvious that good quality, fresh produce is the way forward and that is exactly what The Stone Grill offers. While we would welcome you to eat with us every night of the week, in the interest of your long term health, we think once or twice a week is enough.

Feeling fuller for longer obviously has implications for those wanting to lose weight. Eat protein regularly and that satiation lasts further into the day, reducing the desire to snack on unhealthy foods. That could have a serious effect on weight loss. As someone who has quite the sweet tooth, that’s something I shall be bearing in mind going forward!

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