Enjoy Seafood and Lose Weight!

I grew up in Maine so I’ve always loved seafood. I can live without fish sticks but put some shrimp scampi in front of me and it is all over!

Well, if you are anything like me, you now have a new reason to eat seafood.

Not only is it high in protein, low in fat and quite tasty but it can help you lose weight too!

A recently published study in the International Journal of Obesity found that young adult men who ate a low-calorie diet that included fish had slightly more weight loss than a similar diet without fish. Researchers believe that seafood enhances weight loss because of the omega-3 fatty acids in it which help to decrease the growth of fat cells as well as special fish proteins which they believe may reduce body fat mass.

Add to that the fact that eating fish twice a week reduces the risk of dying of a heart attack by 36 percent and it sounds like a winner to me!

No matter where you live, modern technology such as flash freezing, pre-marinating, canning and pouching have made seafood readily available and affordable. Indoor grills like the George Foreman Grill are affordable, easy to use and require no additional fat for cooking.

Eating seafood twice a week doesn’t have to mean tuna sandwiches twice a week. Get creative. Try some new recipes. Visit the Families.com Food Blog for some great seafood recipes. Try some pre-marinated fish filets from your grocers freezer section. Try some prepared seafood stir fry meals also found in the freezer section. Bertolli is now making some very reasonably priced dinners for two. These are complete meals with seafood, pasta and vegetables that take about eight minutes to cook and are delicious! Yes, every once in a while, you can even bake up some fish sticks to mix it up a bit.

If you are trying to lose weight, there is no better time to indulge your love of seafood than right now!