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Eye of round steaks; No more cheat meals?

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 by  
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Yesterday was another solid day for me. I felt energetic and positive about my renewed cutting program, I had a couple of great cardio sessions and I shed a little over 3 pounds of water bloat left over from my vacation. I know the scale weight reduction was just water, but I was glad for it. I hate how puffy I look and feel when I’m bloated like that; water weight really shows in my face and my mid-section.

For dinner last night I had grilled eye of round steak and a huge plate of broccoli. I have to thank Mastover for turning me on to this cut of meat last year while he was assisting me with my cutting diet. While eye of round steak will never have the texture of fillet mignon, I think the taste is outstanding. Also, while many feel that eye of round is a very tough cut of meat, I’ve found that if it is prepared properly it’s not too tough at all (or maybe I’m just used to it!)

I prepare eye of round steak by coating both sides with lots of fresh ground pepper and then letting the steak sit at room temperature (covered) for about an hour. I add a little salt just before putting the steak on the grill. Eye of round is very lean, so the grill must be super hot to get a nice char and lock in the juices. I cook each side (turn only once!) for 3-4 minutes, depending on thickness. This cut of meat is best when prepared fairly rare; if you cook it too long it will get very tough. Once the steak comes off the grill, let it rest for 4 minutes or so before digging in.

Not only is eye of round relatively low in fat, it’s a great source of protein and is really inexpensive compared to other cuts. Lean steak is also a welcome change from all the chicken breasts and fish I normally eat! I purchase my eye of round in big cuts at Costco and then cut the individual fillets myself.

I’m putting some serious thought into eliminating my weekly cheat meal from my cutting diet. I’ve already decided to eliminate alcohol completely while I’m cutting, and the weekly cheat meal may be next to go. I always seem to do better when I adopt an “all or nothing” approach. It seems like the cheat meals do more harm than good because I feel stronger temptations to go off my diet during the week when I have them. More on that later, I’m late for breakfast and I’m starving!

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