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How is Turkey for Weight Loss: With Ozempic and Mounjaro?

Turkey for weight loss

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Have you tried Turkey for weight loss? I was just wondering if diabetics and obese people might be health-conscious on Thanksgiving.

I did a little research and found that there is nothing to worry about if you have diabetes or if you are trying to lose weight and want to enjoy the festivities of Thanksgiving at the same time.

Turkey is a rich source of lean proteins. It has a “Zero” glycemic index, it does not cause hyperglycemia.

In addition, it has fewer calories and is best for weight loss. Turkey’s glycemic and weight loss potency is enhanced when combined with potent weight loss medicines like Ozempic and Mounjaro.

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How is Eating Turkey for Weight Loss One of the Best Options on Thanksgiving?

turkey for weight loss and diabetes on thanksgiving

Turkey is a rich source of lean proteins. Proteins are included in most weight loss dietary regimens.

It can help you lose weight by the following mechanisms:

  • Eating Turkey Makes You Feel Full:

Eating lean proteins makes you feel full. It makes you feel full for a longer time than carbohydrates. Thus, it can help you overcome overeating

  • Fewer Calories:

Compared to other protein sources, a skinless Turkey has fewer calories. A 3-ounce serving of turkey breast, without the skin, provides around 135 calories and is low in fat.

Here are the number of calories in Turkey Meat:

  • Turkey Breast (skinless, roasted):

    • One serving (about 3 ounces or 85 grams) of skinless, roasted turkey breast contains approximately 135 calories.
  • Dark Meat (skinless, roasted):

    • One serving (about 3 ounces or 85 grams) of skinless, roasted dark meat (from the thigh or drumstick) contains approximately 140-150 calories.
  • Whole Roast Turkey:

    • The calorie content of a whole roast turkey will depend on its size, preparation, and whether or not it includes the skin.
    • On average, a standard serving size of roasted turkey without skin is around 135-150 calories per 3-ounce serving.

However, one should be mindful of the side ingredients and the cooking methods. 

  • Muscle Mass Maintenance:

Weight loss, especially with Ozempic and Mounjaro, has been associated with muscle loss. Eating Turkey can help in maintaining muscle mass while letting you shed pounds.

The number of calories, proteins, and fats in Turkey are tabulated below [Ref]:

Food

Calories (Kcal)

Proteins (g)

Total Fat (g)

Raw Whole turkey with skin 135 18.2 6.9
Raw Whole turkey skinless 109 21.9 2.4
Raw Turkey rump 107 24 1.2
Roasted Turkey rump 131 29.6 1.4
Raw Turkey drumstick with skin 126 17.9 6
Roasted Turkey drumstick with skin 191 26.7 9.3
Raw Turkey drumstick skinless 113 18 4.6
Roasted Turkey drumstick skinless 190 28 8.7
  • Nutrient Density:

Turkey is a good source of vitamins including B complex such as Niacin, Thiamine, and Cobalamine.

It also has selenium and phosphate which are good for sexual health and muscle building.

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5 Best Turkey Recipes for Weight Loss on Thanksgiving:

turkey for weight loss on thanksgiving

Here are five popular and delicious turkey recipes that you can consider for Thanksgiving:

1. Roast Turkey with Herbs:

  • Ingredients:
    • Whole turkey (12-15 pounds)
    • Fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage)
    • Garlic cloves
    • Olive oil
    • Salt and pepper
  • Instructions:
    • Preheat oven to 325°F (165°C).
    • Rinse the turkey and pat it dry.
    • Rub the turkey with olive oil, minced garlic, chopped herbs, salt, and pepper.
    • Roast until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C), basting occasionally for a golden, crispy skin.

2. Citrus and Herb Grilled Turkey:

  • Ingredients:

    • Whole turkey (12-15 pounds)
    • Citrus fruits (lemons, oranges)
    • Fresh herbs (thyme, parsley)
    • Olive oil
    • Garlic powder, salt, and pepper
  • Instructions:

    • Create a marinade with citrus juice, olive oil, minced garlic, chopped herbs, salt, and pepper.
    • Marinate the turkey for several hours or overnight.
    • Grill the turkey over indirect heat until fully cooked, adding citrus slices for extra flavor.

3. Maple Glazed Roast Turkey:

  • Ingredients:

    • Whole turkey (12-15 pounds)
    • Maple syrup
    • Dijon mustard
    • Butter
    • Salt and pepper
  • Instructions:

    • Mix maple syrup, Dijon mustard, melted butter, salt, and pepper to create a glaze.
    • Brush the turkey with the maple glaze during roasting, ensuring a sweet and savory flavor.
    • Roast until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).

4. Cajun-Spiced Deep-Fried Turkey:

  • Ingredients:

    • Whole turkey (12-15 pounds)
    • Cajun seasoning
    • Garlic powder, onion powder, paprika
    • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Instructions:

    • Rub the turkey with Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika.
    • Deep-fry the turkey in vegetable oil until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
    • The result is a crispy, flavorful exterior with juicy meat.

5. Herb Butter Roast Turkey:

  • Ingredients:

    • Whole turkey (12-15 pounds)
    • Butter (softened)
    • Fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage)
    • Garlic cloves
    • Salt and pepper
  • Instructions:

    • Mix softened butter with minced garlic, chopped herbs, salt, and pepper to create an herb butter.
    • Rub the herb butter under the turkey skin and over the exterior.
    • Roast until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C), creating a flavorful and moist turkey.

Remember to adjust ingredient quantities based on the size of your turkey and personal preferences.

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Remember the Dos and DONTs of Eating Turkey for Weight loss on Thanksgiving Feast:

turkey for weight loss and diabetes on Thanksgiving feast

DOs of Eating Turkey for Weight Loss

  1. Opt for healthier cooking methods:

    • Roasting, grilling, or baking instead of deep-frying.
  2. Use herbs and spices for flavor:

    • Minimize butter or oils, and enhance taste with herbs and spices without added calories.
  3. Remove turkey skin:

    • Reduce overall calorie and fat intake while preserving delicious taste.
  4. Load up on non-starchy vegetables:

    • Choose colorful options like green beans, Brussels sprouts, and roasted root vegetables.
  5. Incorporate whole grains:

    • Add fiber with whole grains like quinoa or brown rice, being mindful of portion sizes for side dishes.
 
 

DONTs of Eating Turkey for Weight Loss

  1. Avoid deep-frying:

    • Opt for healthier cooking methods to reduce added fats and calories.
  2. Minimize butter and oils:

    • Use moderation to avoid excessive calorie intake.
  3. Limit high-calorie sides:

    • Be mindful of portion sizes, especially for traditional dishes like stuffing and mashed potatoes.
  4. Be cautious with classic recipes:

    • Modify them for weight-friendliness, such as using whole grain bread for stuffing or Greek yogurt in mashed potatoes.
  5. Cut down on added sugars:

    • Consider natural sweeteners for dishes like cranberry sauce to reduce calorie and sugar content.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving feast!

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Written by Dr. Ahmed

I am Dr. Ahmed (MBBS; FCPS Medicine), an Internist and a practicing physician. I am in the medical field for over fifteen years working in one of the busiest hospitals and writing medical posts for over 5 years.

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