One Kilo of Ground Beef Per Day

JeffC

Level 7 Valued Member
For about two months I have been eating a kilo of lean ground beef a day, most days. It’s a very utilitarian diet and I think it has been improving my progress strength training.

I make four sevving out of one kilo, and eat it in burger form, with rice or potato and veggies. Baby Spinach is one of my staple additions. A meal almost always contains whole milk with whey also.

It’s very boring but cheap and effective. Usually at some point in my heavy week I will binge eat something different.

Ground beef?
 
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thegoldengod

Level 3 Valued Member
I went through a phase where I would do something similar -- buy ground beef in bulk from costco and then make meals like:

1. eggs, avocado & ground beef for breakfast
2. ground beef + salad or vegetables for lunch
3. ground beef burger and potatoes for dinner

The lack of variety got old for me, and eating beef every meal felt a little heavy to me.

Also not sure about the "heart healthy" aspects of having beef every day. I'm not sure if "eating beef is correlated to heart disease" has been debunked, but something to consider if it is a factor for you. I'm not a doc.
 

JeffC

Level 7 Valued Member
@thegoldengod Interestingly I just had a physical for work and everything came back very good. I am overweight though. No surprise there. Tell me something I don’t know. Not a concern for me.

As for long term effects. I can’t say, but I have eaten a lot of meat for my whole training life.
 

Al Ciampa

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Certified Instructor
I went though several phases of this in my life to date, first time in the early 90s. During the late 2000's phase, I ran it for a couple of years. Raw, room temp, grass-finished, ~75/25 each time. Sometimes with butter.

I'm revisiting this in a modified way again now. Never boring, super simple and convenient, maximum anti-social.
 

Antti

Level 9 Valued Member
Ground beef is great. I think it's nutritious and healthy. But I typically go for the lighter fat variety. The one I buy the most is a 400 gram package with 10% fat.

Depending on the day, I can eat the package in a single serving or two. It's extremely simple to cook on a cast iron skillet with some seasoning. I like the taste but would sometimes like a bit different texture.
 

apa

Level 6 Valued Member
Ground beef is great. I think it's nutritious and healthy. But I typically go for the lighter fat variety. The one I buy the most is a 400 gram package with 10% fat.

Depending on the day, I can eat the package in a single serving or two. It's extremely simple to cook on a cast iron skillet with some seasoning. I like the taste but would sometimes like a bit different texture.
400g of the fatty version 23% for 1.95 from Lidl is the best budget food in my opinion. Throw in some potatoes and veggies and you can eat for less than 5 euros a day.

I have done this for a while now, bacon and eggs for lunch then the above for dinner. No breakfast. Energy for the job and the gym.
 

JeffC

Level 7 Valued Member
The kilo of ground beef a day is more of a minimum requirement for me and I needed a simple way to rebuild food discipline. It gives me a goal to hit everyday.
 

JeffC

Level 7 Valued Member
@aciampa I respect grass fed beef but it is far too expensive at three times the price of quality ground beef. Price is always a factor in every choice for me.

What is the advantage of raw over cooked beef?

I was briefly a contract mechanic at an industrial beef processing plant, when I was an apprentice, and I would never eat undercooked ground beef.
 

JeffC

Level 7 Valued Member
Ground beef is great. I think it's nutritious and healthy. But I typically go for the lighter fat variety. The one I buy the most is a 400 gram package with 10% fat.

Depending on the day, I can eat the package in a single serving or two. It's extremely simple to cook on a cast iron skillet with some seasoning. I like the taste but would sometimes like a bit different texture.
I buy what is labeled as “lean”. The fat content I am not sure. I drain it into a fat separator and keep the liquid and can adjust the fat.
 

Al Ciampa

Level 8 Valued Member
Certified Instructor
I jumped in earlier without a preface: I am extremely carbohydrate sensitive and have been since a very early age. Symptoms (A-Z for me... depression to poor sleep to joint point to fat mass accumulation to intermittent energy ebbing) will return even on a modest amount of carbs, regardless the source. I have little choice but low-carb/cyclical keto as a way of eating to remain symptom free(ish) and feeling good.

I always feel like such a d-bag being that guy ROFL.
Funny vid. I just silently do my thing. Even if asked, I am short on info unless the listener is truly interested.

I respect grass fed beef but it is far too expensive at three times the price of quality ground beef. Price is always a factor in every choice for me.
No doubt. I spent about $3 per lb of high fat ground beef 20 years ago; now it's $9. Great for the ranch, though. I still end up spending the same or less on my meat as compared to how I eat otherwise. I have accepted that spending a bit more on well sourced food feels better than a slightly fatter wallet but suffering symptoms. If I get an elk in season, I'm set for a while.

I don't believe that you have to go grass-finished when it comes to skeletal muscle meat and fat, but you do have to cook it; and I wouldn't use organs from unhealthy animals, and offal is part of a healthy meat-based diet.

What is the advantage of raw over cooked beef?
I love the taste and texture. Convenience is a close second. Nothing else I can think of. I don't buy into the "cooking destroys proteins" mantra. I will say that digestion feels better, raw vs. cooked. Even when I do cook meat, it's medium rare at most.

I buy what is labeled as “lean”. The fat content I am not sure. I drain it into a fat separator and keep the liquid and can adjust the fat.
If you're eating low carb, you need more fat. If you're eating moderate carb, you can get away with less.
 

Sean M

Level 6 Valued Member
For about two months I have been eating a kilo of lean ground beef a day, most days. It’s a very utilitarian diet and I think it has been improving my progress strength training.

I make four sevving out of one kilo, and eat it in burger form, with rice or potato and veggies. Baby Spinach is one of my staple additions. A meal almost always contains whole milk with whey also.

It’s very boring but cheap and effective. Usually at some point in my heavy week I will binge eat something different.

Ground beef?
Very interesting. I may have to give this a try...I need food discipline in my life. And the price seems right!

Maybe I would alternate/rotate beef and chicken with various veggie and rice or potato side combinations for a little variety.
 

Abdul-Rasheed

Level 6 Valued Member
How do you cook ground beef? Stir fry? How long do we have to cook it? Also are there any good recipes to share?
 

Steve Freides

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I will offer what I suspect may turn out to be an unpopular opinion.

Everything I have read, and my own, admittedly unscientific and highly subjective reactions confirm this, suggests that grain-fed beef has an inflammatory effect on the body, while grass-fed beef has the opposite effect. We never buy anything but grass-fed beef to eat at home.

I'm of the opinion that food like grain-fed beef is artificial in more than one way, and that besides it not being good for me, it's artificial in pricing as well. If my food purchases take more of my budget than they would otherwise, I am OK with having less of other things in life in order to eat things like grass-fed beef. And that's the opinion I think may be unpopular - I don't think everything inexpensive comes without a hidden price, and beef is one of those things.

JMO, YMMV.

-S-
 

Snowman

Level 6 Valued Member
grain-fed beef has an inflammatory effect on the body, while grass-fed beef has the opposite effect. We never buy anything but grass-fed beef to eat at home.
I think this is completely valid, but it might also be dealing with fairly small margins. Basically:
Inflammatory response to grass finished meat < Inflammatory response to grain finished meat <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Inflammatory response to to carbohydrate.
This the above statement largely applies to people who don't respond well to carbohydrate, and therefore respond very well to a more meat-based diet.

Certainly, what science there is, as well as common sense, dictates that grass-finished beef is better, but ultimately it's all relative. Financially, eating grain finished meat allows me to essentially eliminate carbohydrate from my diet, which I have found to be very beneficial. If I could afford grass finished beef (or fatty wild game meat) I would eat it every day. As it stands, "optimal" for me means buying whole chucks at Safeway when they go on sale for $3/pound ;)
 

krg

Level 5 Valued Member
I think this is completely valid, but it might also be dealing with fairly small margins. Basically:
Inflammatory response to grass finished meat < Inflammatory response to grain finished meat <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Inflammatory response to to carbohydrate.
Completely agree with this
 

wespom9

Level 6 Valued Member
Certified Instructor
My fiance would kill me if I ate raw meat...Maybe her influence plays on me, but I don't think I could do it. Too scared of the potential contamination. I love a medium-rare steak, don't get me wrong but I couldn't do uncooked ground beef. Just curious to anyone who does it, have you/know anyone of who has had health issues from eating raw beef?
 

JeffC

Level 7 Valued Member
I will offer what I suspect may turn out to be an unpopular opinion.

Everything I have read, and my own, admittedly unscientific and highly subjective reactions confirm this, suggests that grain-fed beef has an inflammatory effect on the body, while grass-fed beef has the opposite effect. We never buy anything but grass-fed beef to eat at home.

I'm of the opinion that food like grain-fed beef is artificial in more than one way, and that besides it not being good for me, it's artificial in pricing as well. If my food purchases take more of my budget than they would otherwise, I am OK with having less of other things in life in order to eat things like grass-fed beef. And that's the opinion I think may be unpopular - I don't think everything inexpensive comes without a hidden price, and beef is one of those things.

JMO, YMMV.

-S-
I agree that grass finished beef is probably of better quality. All beef cattle are raised in pasture. If the rancher raised his cattle on grain or corn for its life it would be significantly more expensive. It’s just what happens in the feed lots that allows companies to attach a Grass Fed or Grass Finished label.

This is industrial beef we are talking about and if you have a connection to a small ranch and processor you know what you are buying. If it is consumer beef their claim may be suspect and AAA or Prime ground beef is of higher quality than you may think.

Meat prices, in Canada at least, have risen dramatically over the last few years, and the reality for most people is money is always a factor in food choices. If I can spend 3-4 times less on ground beef, for a minimal difference in quality, I have to.. At one kilo most days that is a massive savings for my family over a year.

I agree with you in theory.
 
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