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Muy Yum: “Grill Away Your Gut”

July 21, 2011

Eat This, Not That has a thought-provoking question for you:

Pop quiz: What do these three things have in common:

  • The cast of Law & Order
  • Lil’ Wayne’s dentist
  • Superfast summer weight loss

Gosh. Now, I really had to think about this one. Is Christopher Meloni leaving SVU (tearsofsadness) to pursue his secret goal of becoming the most fit dentist to the stars out there? My good friend Tamatz speculated: “I don’t know what li’l wayne looks like, but maybe his dentist prescribed superfast summer weight loss regimen and it worked so well he’s going to be a guest star on law and order!”

NO SILLY! “THEY ALL INVOLVE GRILLS”!!!!!! Duh.

Surefire Weight Loss in Your Own Backyard!

Surefire Weight Loss in Your Own Backyard!

According to the article,

Once you learn to fire it up right, you’ll discover that [the grill] just might be the most effective weight-loss tool in your arsenal…A study in the journal Meat Science found that grilling a pork chop by conventional methods could actually decrease its fat content by nearly a third.

Now, you may want to take the lazy route and just order something grilled from your local restaurant. But here’s where things get tricky. In many cases, restaurant “grills” are actually grill plates, or hot slabs of flat metal that lock fat in instead of cooking it out. Plus, restaurants routinely paint their meats with hot oil and clarified butter, effectively ramping up the fat count to flab-inducing levels….So if you want it cooked right, you have to cook it at home.

Now, I own a grill that I have absolutely no idea how to use. And now I am also left wondering: Where has the journal Meat Science been all my life?! Apparently it is the “official journal of the American Meat Science Association”…what?! Such a thing exists?! I feel like I have been living in the dark for so long and now I can see the faintest glimmer of light….Anyways!

Another great fact:

By grilling in instead of eating out, you can save from 500 to more than 1,500 calories per meal. With just the four swaps on this page, you can trim nearly 5,000 calories from your diet—enough to blast nearly a pound and a half from your gut. What’s the catch? There is none! You’ll also save nearly $40 by staying out of the restaurants! So pop open a cold drink, fire up the grill, and call up some friends. It’s time to start grilling your way to a lean belly.

How fabulous. And here I always thought that drinking out by an open fire was not such a good or healthy idea! But I am proven wrong yet again. I accept defeat.

Seriously though, the nutrition facts they provide of what you eat out versus what you can make yourself are, as usual, astounding. The most appalling was the Fish Tacos. How exactly does one make Fish Tacos so astoundingly unhealthy?!

FISH TACOS
Not That!
On the Border Dos XX Tacos ($9.79)
2,150 calories
144 g fat (31 g saturated)
3,740 mg sodium

Grill This Instead!
Grilled Fish Tacos ($2.97/serving)
380 calories
11 g fat (2 g saturated)
240 mg sodium

You Save: 1,770 calories, 133 g fat, $6.39

So, there we have it, folks. Surefire weight loss in your own backyard! Ahaha, sometimes I crack even myself up…

(Image courtesy of Born Rich, a website promoting…um…lifestyle choices of the rich? Yeah.)

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  1. Sexy Curmudgeon permalink
    July 21, 2011 5:01 pm

    While, I do love fish tacos, I must point out that, “By grilling in instead of eating out, you can save from 500 to more than 1,500 calories per meal,” could just as easily be substituted with, “By [Insert ANYTHING here] instead of eating out, you can save from 500 to more than 1,500 calories per meal.”
    In other words, restaurant food usually includes huge portions, lots of calories, lots of meat, and high prices. Substituting it with ANY TYPE of homemade food means you are definitely going to save money and very likely save calories. As far as grilling your meat yourself instead of ordering restaurant-grilled meat, well yes, but also exercise, eating less meat in general, or all of the other things that a balanced diet/lifestyle calls for. If it does a little bit to help people’s diets, I guess there is an argument for this, but I feel like it’s just another ‘technique’ or ‘plan’ that distracts people from the bigger picture.

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