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Calories In Turkey

Counting calories is becoming an increasingly popular weight loss tool in a time when obesity is becoming an increasingly common problem all over the world. In fact, the condition is so common, that some countries have even taken the step of labeling it as being a pandemic that is spreading at rapid rates throughout their populations. Before getting into the details of calorie counting and how the process works, it is important to first understand the various factors that play a role in the development of the condition.

There are a few people that can always attribute their condition as being influenced by factors that are well outside their control such as heredity and genetics. Unfortunately, for the majority of obesity cases, the individuals can trace their condition to a combination of two factors – an unhealthy diet and a lack of any significant exercise.
We tend to lead fast paced and frantic lifestyles and so it is very common for most of us to lack the time that it would take to prepare a healthy meal and instead tend to rely on the convenience of fast foods.

Fast food such as burgers and hot dogs, while being very tasty, significantly lack any of the nutrients and vitamins that the body requires in order to perform optimally and are heavily laden with empty calories that serve no purpose in our systems other than being converted into fat cells as soon as they are consumed and digested. However, one must not get confused between the significance of calories and empty calories. Unlike empty calories, calories are an essential part of your diet and are the building blocks of the energy that is produced by the body in order to perform any physical tasks over the course of the day. The problem of obesity stems from essentially the ingestion of empty calories as well as an ingestion of calories in excess of what the body utilizes. In the event that you consume foods that have more calories than the body requires at that time, these extra calories are also converted into fat cells and stored in the fatty tissue of the body for future use. As a result of this imbalance, exercise is a very important part of ensuring that your body utilizes the energy created by these calories – thereby helping you burn any excess calories and preventing weight gain. Calorie counting is a relatively new method of weight loss, but is very effective because of the fact that it is based on identifying the number of calories you consume and ensuring that you perform enough physical activity in order to get rid of a few more calories than you consume. Identifying the number of calories in turkey and other meats and commonly prepared foods will go a long way into helping you identify the kinds of meals and their ingredients that are beneficial for you in the long run when it comes to fighting obesity. 
When it comes to weight loss, turkey is very highly thought of amongst most meats and is regularly referred to as being a diet super food because of a very healthy combination of good fats, protein as well as leucine content. Turkey is a regular ingredient of a number of weight loss diets that cater to non-vegetarian tastes. The ‘good fats’ contained in turkey are considered to be of the healthy variety as medical studies have shown that the body does require certain types of fats that are usually found in a lot of lean meats. The primary concern of these good fats is to deliver vitamins throughout the body. The most important advantage offered by these good fats that are in high quantity in turkey meat is the fact that they do not clog the arteries nor do they influence the development of any kind of heart disease. Moreover, turkey meat is very rich in protein content and help promote the building of muscles when any exercise is performed, thereby not only taking care of the obesity problem, but also ensuring that the body is toned aesthetically better. The Lucien content of turkey meat is its other major advantage and this is primarily an amino acid that is found in the meats protein content. Its primary concern in the   body is to maintain blood sugar levels as well as insulin management.

Being informed about the calories in turkey meatloaf, turkey breast, turkey lunch meat and turkey bacon amongst many other turkey dishes will help you understand better the effect that the food will have on your body. Dieticians all over the world attribute the calories in turkey breast at about 189 kCals per 100 grams of the meat, while the amount of calories in turkey bacon stand at 382 kCals per 100 grams. The calorie content of other turkey dishes such as a turkey sandwich, turkey chilli and other turkey foods and products should be labeled on the packaging if bought from a supermarket, or can also be found through a number of sources such as the internet or your local bookstore. Whatever the source of your information, they will always credit turkey being a very beneficial food when it comes to any attempt at weight loss. Given the fact that the craving for meat is one of the most common temptations that people succumb to when on a diet, turkey meat proves to be a very useful option that will help satisfy the craving while also ensuring that you do not break the guidelines of your diet plan.

Many people make the mistake of using thick creamy salad dressings for their turkey salads and sandwiches. Make sure that you use low calorie dressing options as this will ensure that you can have a full meal without drastically increasing your calorie intake. A honey and lemon juice vinaigrette is a tasty low calorie option that is easy to prepare. You can also experiment with fresh fruit juice and herbs. An apple juice and sage dressing is a simple and flavorful salad dressing.    
Submitted on January 16, 2014