Dieters often give up fatty steaks and pork for leaner cuts of meat like chicken breast. But people on the ketogenic diet embrace a high-fat, low carb lifestyle, meaning those greasy eats are never off limits.
If you’re new to keto—the popular eating plan beloved by guys like Jersey Shore‘s Vinny Guadagnino—the diet entails getting about 80 percent of your daily calories from fat, 20 percent from protein, and 10 percent from carbohydrates. This allows your body to burn fat for fuel: a process known as ketosis.
That’s why keto die-hards are notorious for eating plenty of bacon and cheese. However, if you’re tired of eating the same bunless cheeseburger every night, there are plenty of meat-based fat sources you likely haven’t tried. Get creative and make one of these five fatty cuts of meat for dinner. Of course, it’s best not to go overboard and eat these for every meal–most dietitians recommend getting healthy fats from plant-based sources like nuts and avocado.
1 New York strip steak
A six-ounce serving has roughly 331 calories, 21 grams of fat, and 34 grams of protein..
*All nutrition information taken from the USDA website and varies depending on cooking methods.
2 Ribeye steak
A 170g steak has approximately 359 calories, 24 grams of fat and 33 grams of protein.
3 Pork belly
A 113g serving of pork belly has 585 calories, 60 grams of fat and 10 grams of protein.
4 Lamb chops
A 113g serving has 337 calories, 29 grams of fat and 17 grams of protein.
5 Chicken thighs
A 113g serving has 280 calories, 25 grams of fat and 14 grams of protein.
6 T-bone steak
A 170g serving has 491 calories, 34 grams of fat and 41 grams of protein.
7 Porterhouse steak
A 170g serving has 363 calories, 23 grams of fat and 34 grams of protein.
8 Babyback ribs
A 170g serving has 396 calories, 20 grams of fat and 21 grams of protein.
By Melissa Matthews