Go Greek Yogurt
When I see an image of a lean, muscle-bound ancient Greek sculpture, I think of the creamy goodness that is Greek yogurt. I just can’t help it. They’re both silky white, for starters. And when I see muscles, I think of protein, their building blocks. Everyone who’s trying to shed some pounds by building fat-burning muscle needs to eat plenty of protein. Greek yogurt can certainly help in that department; it typically packs more than double the amount of protein found in regular yogurt (see a full comparison of the two types below).
Greek yogurt goes through a special straining process that makes it thicker than its counterparts. Couple that with the extra protein and you’ll feel full a lot longer after eating it. This translates into less snacking, lower calorie intake, and weight loss. There is no need to feel hungry when you’re trying to lean out, folks, and this is one way to avoid that.
Before you run to the store, you need to know a few more things. First, pick the plain. The fruit varieties contain double and sometimes triple the amount of sugar. Eating 20g of sugar is definitely counterproductive to your fitness and weight loss goals. And select non-fat. The yogurt that best fits these requirements is Chobani 0% non-fat plain Greek yogurt. It’s only 100 calories per serving, and, I promise, it tastes good! Stir in some fresh berries for extra flavor and vitamins.
Stonyfield Organic Fat Free Plain (Not picking on Stonyfield. It’s one of the better regular yogurts, and they have a new Greek yogurt–Oikos)
120 mg sodium
–Laura DeLallo, Founder, Living Fit
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