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Weight loss recipe: Rack of lamb

rack of lamb on sweet potato with tomatoes
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This slow-carb recipe, created by The 4-Hour Chef author Tim Ferriss, promotes fat loss by cutting insulin-spiking carbs such as bread, pasta and rice – and goes to show you don’t have to compromise on flavour if you want to lose weight. Diets can be useful, but the real secret to managing your weight is eating nutritious and appealing food all the time.

Rack of lamb

1 rack of lamb / 
1 egg / 1tsp Dijon mustard / 100g breadcrumbs / 1 clove of garlic, chopped / 2tbsp parsley, chopped / 200g sweet potato, mashed / 50g butter / 8 vine tomatoes

To make

  • Preheat the oven to 200˚C/gas mark 6.
  • Beat the egg with the mustard, then mix with the breadcrumbs, garlic and chopped parsley.
  • Coat the lamb in the egg and herb crust and roast 
for around 17 minutes until pink inside.
  • Meanwhile, peel the sweet potatoes and boil them 
in water for 15 minutes.
  • Mash the potatoes with the butter and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve with the lamb and roasted tomatoes.

Additional health benefits

Lamb is packed with the essential amino acid tryptophan, which helps to regulate appetite.

Sweet potatoes are high in the powerful antioxidant betacarotene, which helps to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and maintain a healthy heart.

Tomatoes provide plenty of vitamin C, which contributes to your amino acid metabolism, helping you build muscle.

Between 2010 and 2016, Ben was the deputy editor of Men’s Fitness UK, which predated, and then shared a website with, Coach. Ben also contributed exclusive features to Coach on topics such as football drills, triathlon training plans and healthy eating.