What is Seafood Diet and How It Works?
Heard about the seafood diet? Curious to find out if it could work for you?
The seafood diet doesn’t mean that you just eat fish, but it does mean that seafood comprises a large part of your diet – certainly more than it probably does at the moment.
But what is it exactly, how does it work and should you try it? Beauty and Tips finds out …
The Seafood Diet Explained
The old dad joke goes like this:
“Sure, I’m on a seafood diet and I love it. I see food and I eat it!”
Haha, dad. Very funny.
Problem is that dad is a bit, shall we say, podgy, whereas you want to look lean and toned.
This is where the real seafood diet comes in.
The seafood diet has grown in popularity among women because it provides them more protein, as well as more omega-3 fatty acids.
It also helps you to lose weight by arming you with more protein without fattening you up with lots of calories.
Take shellfish, for example. Shellfish are super rich in protein, and the bonus here is that shellfish don’t contain too many calories.
In fact, from a typical 8-ounce serving, shellfish contains a lot less calories than the equivalent piece of animal meat would.
For example, whereas an 8-ounce piece of chopped chicken breast contains around 370-calories and 70g of protein, an 8-ounce serving of shellfish contains a lot less.
Then there’s lean ground beef that contains almost 500 calories and just 58g of protein.
Therefore, shellfish – and other forms of seafood – provides you with all the protein you need, and it does so while keeping calories down.
What types of shellfish are typically consumed as part of a seafood diet?
Shellfish come in 2 categories:
Crustaceans include the likes of lobster, crab and shrimp, while mollusks contain the likes of mussels, oysters and scallops.
But it needn’t end there. As well as shellfish, you can also add tuna to your diet, as well as tilapia, as these fish are low in fat but high in protein.
Shellfish, however, are the superstars of the seafood diet because of their awesome nutritional profile. Moreover, with the exception of mussels and scallops, they contain hardly any carbs and fats.
The amazing thing about this is that, because this type of seafood is so low in fats and calories, you can add butter to your meals to ramp up the taste.
Just a single pat of butter will do – which, by the way, contains 4g of fat and 36 calories.
As such, if you’re looking to lose weight, the seafood diet is totally well worth trying. It can increase your lean muscle and reduce body fat.
Benefits of a Seafood Diet:
Seafood Diet Gives You Lots of Nutrients
Want more B complex vitamins, as well as more vitamin D and minerals?! Then you should consider giving the seafood diet a go,
Seafood Diet Boosts Heart Health
Here’s a really scary fact – heart disease is now the biggest killer of American adults. Heart disease holds no prisoners, and once it’s developed it can cause heart attacks and stroke.
The good news is that heart disease can be prevented. The even better news is that, because seafood is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, eating more of it can reduce your risk of heart disease.
Seafood Is Good For Your Joints
As we get older, we need to look after our joints more. If we don’t, creaking joints can become a (noisy) part of life!
Because seafood is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, it can soothe your aching joints so that you remain nice and flexible.
Seafood Is Good For Your Skin
At Beauty and Tips, we care for skin – and we’re pretty sure you do, too. If your skin looks good, you feel SO much better.
Your diet plays a major role in how smooth and sensuous your skin looks and feels. Because seafood contains fatty acids, it’s able to protect your skin from harmful UV rays so that you stay looking young and healthy for as long as possible.
Viva La Seafood!
Now that you know what seafood can do for you, let’s take a look at some of the best fishes you should be adding to your diet:
Best Fishes To Eat:
When it comes to salmon, you really have two choices: wild or farmed.
Farmed has the obvious benefit of being cheaper to buy, but because wild salmon contains more vitamins and minerals, as well as less saturated fats, it’s the one we’d recommend.
Cod is an old school classic for families in Britain and for good reason: not only is it tasty and flexible, it’s also a fab source of vitamin B-12 and phosphorus.
Cod also delivers plenty of protein to your plate and it’s really easy to prepare.
Herring is a super fatty fish – just the way we like it!
Especially fantastic when smoked, herring is delicious. That said, you don’t want to eat too much herring because it also contains plenty of sodium. Boo!
Mackerel is super oily and it contains plenty of healthy fats – the best kind of fats, of course!
Among its health benefits is an absolute to reduce your blood pressure. Mackerel can also stop buildup in your arteries, but it’s also packed with mercury which means you don’t want to eat too much of it.
Like salmon, you can either buy farmed or wild rainbow trout. We recommend that you go with farmed option just because it’s safer and doesn’t contain any nasty contaminants.
It’s really tasty delicacy that especially works well when drizzled in lemon juice.