The moment you decide to go on a low- fat diet, you may think of giving up eating meat all together. But truth is you should not let go of eating meat. Why? Meat is a good source of protein that helps in building muscle and carrying out a variety of functions in the body.

Protein makes you lose fat and not muscle. However, some meats contain bad cholesterol and saturated fats that could harm your body and ruin your diet. As long as your saturated fat intake is kept below 7%, it is ok to eat meat in moderation.

Others give up meat and commit to becoming a vegetarian, while others can never commit to being vegetarian entirely.

The best thing to do when on a diet is to know what to eat and what not to eat. You can eat meat with the lowest fat content, by noting the following:

Choose white meat like chicken and turkey, though it contains saturated fats,  the levels are quite low and can be avoided by completely removing the skin before cooking.

Choose the leanest cut of pork i.e. tenderloin, loin chops or leg and make sure to trim and remove the fats.

Beef is also good, but cuts should be round, chuck, sirloin or tenderloin, which can also be trimmed of excess fat before they are prepared.

The best source of protein you can eat is the meat from fish, especially tuna, salmon, mackerel and trout. Fish contains omega-3 fatty acid that is good for the heart. Aim to eat two servings of fish per week.

The way you cook your meat also matters. If you are on a low-fat diet, frying is the worst way to prepare your meat. Frying meat is high in saturated fat. To prevent high saturated fat intake: bake, boil or roast your meat.