4 High Protein Dinner Foods Doctors Swear By For Weight Loss

August 16, 2017 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | Food

When you are on a diet and attempting to shed pounds, your body doesn't just lose fat — it also loses muscle. Of course you want healthy muscle tone because it gives your body definition, but muscle also helps you burn fat more rapidly. By replacing high calorie and fat foods with high protein meals you are giving your body a source of energy that is more satiating and can help you rebuild muscle while you burn fat. You'll snack less and stay energized throughout workouts — thus, losing more weight than you would by simply cutting calories from your diet.


One of the healthiest high-protein dinners you can make is also one of the simplest to whip up on any given weekday: grilled chicken with vegetables. Balsamic vinegar and raw honey lend this colorful meal a zesty sweetness and it will provide more than 20 grams of protein, as well as vitamins and minerals. 


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Grilled Halibut

As far as mercury is concerned, halibut is one of the safest fish you can eat. It's also one of the healthiest — with more than 42 grams of protein (which is 85 percent of your daily intake), niacin, vitamin B12, and fewer than 250 calories per serving, fresh halibut is the perfect dinner food. Serve it with a salad or veggies and brown rice or quinoa for even more nutritional benefits. 

quinoa bowl

Roasted Chicken, Quinoa, and Vegetable Bowl

Superfood quinoa is a seed that contains eight grams of protein per cup and is considered a "complete protein," which means it boasts all nine essential amino acids. Whip up a roasted vegetable, chicken, and quinoa bowl in about an hour and you'll benefit greatly from vitamin and mineral-rich foods like butternut squash, broccoli, and zucchini — as well as additional protein derived from chicken. 



With 40 grams of protein, potassium, and more than 100 percent of your daily intake of vitamin B, wild salmon has the ideal balance of omega 3-fatty acids and protein needed to help you achieve your weight loss goals. Serve it over a salad or with brown rice and you'll find it to be a filling meal that will leave you satisfied for hours. 


Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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