As you’re following the South Beach Diet lifestyle, you may notice that lean protein is an essential part of your Meal Plan — and there’s a good reason why: Lean protein not only curbs hunger, it also allows you to maintain muscle mass and keep your metabolism revved while losing weight. Eating lean protein throughout the day also helps keep blood sugar levels steady, which helps keep cravings in check.
When considering protein choices, your best options are skinless turkey, chicken, or duck breast; pork loin and pork tenderloin; fish and shellfish; and vegetarian meat alternatives that contain fewer than 6 grams of fat per 2- to 3-ounce serving. Also recommended are lean cuts of beef such as flank steak, eye of round, top round, bottom round, ground beef (sirloin, lean, and extra-lean), tenderloin (filet mignon), and T-bone. You may also enjoy game meats such as buffalo, elk, ostrich, and venison, but you should avoid higher-fat brisket, liver, rib steaks, prime rib, dark-meat poultry (legs and wings), and goose.
Enjoy this delicious Grilled Pork Tenderloin recipe on any Phase of the South Beach Diet.