While people may associate protein with increased muscle mass and weight gain, Shira says that adequate protein is necessary for weight loss because it helps you feel full for longer. High-protein foods also take more work to digest, metabolize, and use, which means you burn more calories processing them.
Shira's Top Picks:
- Four ounces grass-fed bison burger (made without bread crumbs)
- Five ounces wild Atlantic salmon seasoned with Greek yogurt, lemon juice, and dill
- Four ounces chicken kebabs seasoned with Greek yogurt, garlic, and lemon zest
- Five ounces sautéed prawns with garlic and sesame oil