Weight Loss Recipe: Slow Cooked Chicken Breasts and Vegetable Hot Pot

I wanted to share with you today a light, healthy and nutritious recipe for meal times.  This is slow cooked chicken breasts done in the crockpot (or slow cooker), together with potatoes and vegetables. People sometimes eat skinless chicken breasts when trying to lose weight because they're relatively high in protein and low in fat. Simply adding chicken breasts to what you already eat won't result in weight loss, however. To see a gradual drop in weight, you must eat chicken breasts instead of another higher-calorie food & reduce your overall caloric intake.

The main reason chicken breast can be recommended for weight loss purposes is its protein content. A 3-ounce serving of white chicken meat provides 25g of protein. This may help you increase your satiety levels so you don't eat as much later on in the day, helping you to better manage your body weight.

If you want to lose 1 pound per week, on average you'll need to cut 500 calories out of your diet each day to make up the 3,500 calories in that pound. A 3-ounce serving of roasted chicken breast contains about 170 calories. This is about 70 calories less than the same amount of roasted chicken wings. As you can see, just changing another meat for chicken breast isn't likely to be enough to lose weight quickly; you'll most likely need to make other dietary changes as well. See here for more details.





Overall, it's a good idea to try to eat mainly foods that are low in energy density when you're trying to lose weight. Energy density is the amount of calories per gram in a food. Low-energy-density foods are more filling than high-energy-density foods because you can eat more of them for fewer calories, which means you're less likely to be hungry in between meals. Fruits, vegetables and broth-based soups all contain plenty of fibre or water, which makes them lower in energy density, while fried foods, fatty meats and sweet treats tend to be high in fat or sugar, making them higher in energy density.

Please watch a short video on this high-energy-density recipe here:
Ingredients
4 x chicken breast, 8-10 new potatoes cut small, 2 sticks of celery, one carrot, 2 onions (1 red, 1 brown), 2 cloves of garlic, chicken stock, salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme.

For the cooking method, please refer to the short video above.
Don't forget that when trying to lose weight, in addition to cutting calories, it's important to exercise too.  If you don't exercise in addition to cutting calories, about a quarter of the weight that you lose will come from your muscle instead of fat. To avoid this, do a mix of cardio and strength training exercises
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Stay healthy,

Love Lou X

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