From hearty potato soup made with bacon fat in Idaho to Mini Hot Brown sandwiches with crispy bacon in Kentucky, crispy, sizzling, flavorful bacon is a key element of many of America’s most revered comfort foods – as noted by Reader’s Digest. For some reason, bacon (like chocolate and other national treasures) is sometimes seen as a ‘guilt inducing’ food to be steered clear of when you are keen on losing a few pounds. In fact, you don’t need to forego the smoky goodness of bacon during your weight loss journey. Just choose the right diet and you’ll be laughing all the way to the swimsuit shop!
Science Backs Bacon
In order to reduce abdominal fat, high triglyceride levels, and insulin resistance (all of which are linked to weight gain), a higher fat breakfast comprising bacon may be the way to go. A University of Alabama study showed that enjoying a meal that is high in carbohydrates (think a bagel) leads to increased weight gain. A higher fat meal, on the other hand, can help turn on fat metabolism efficiently, programing your metabolism for the rest of the day in a good way! This is backed by research published in the Journal of Nutrition which found that the prominent macronutrient in your breakfast is what your body will use for fuel for the entire day. So when bacon is devoured in the morning, the body’s fat stores will be burnt up over the course of the day.
Bacon as Part of a Low-Carb Diet
Bacon is an approved food for diets like Atkins, Paleo, and Keto, because it is a zero carb food. Research has found that eating fewer carbohydrates increases the number of calories you burn. This means that a bacon breakfast can be an important part of your weight loss or maintenance plan. Of course, making healthy choices while losing weight is key. In addition to enjoying a varied meal and ensuring you get the recommended amount of proteins, fruits and vegetables, and healthy Omega-3 fats, you should also exercise regularly. Include both cardio and weights exercise in your workout list for maximum effect.
Moderation is Key for a Healthy Life
As mentioned above, losing weight does not have to involve restrictive calorie counting. However, because weight loss and maintenance are long-term goals, you should ensure that your nutritional intake is optimal. If you are on the first, more restrictive phase of Atkins, for instance, ask your doctor if supplementation with fruit- and veggie-based supplements are suitable for you. Studies have shown that this type of supplement can actually improve key areas of health like immunity, heart health, and even oral health, so if you are not consuming these foods, try to source important vitamins and minerals elsewhere.
Bacon is a favorite food in America and the rest of the world as well. If you are trying to lose weight and opting for a yummy breakfast, enjoying grilled bacon and eggs around twice a week sounds like great motivation. Even if you are going low-calorie, portion control and moderate consumption of bacon will keep you on your track. When losing weight, remember that your overall health shouldn’t suffer. Through a wide variety of foods and regular exercise, you should feel as good on the outside as you look on the inside.