Weight watchers can enjoy white rice guilt-free: Tips to lose weight with the source of carbs

Updated Aug 27, 2021 | 14:39 IS

Nutritionists and dietitians rarely say yes to rice when it comes to weight loss. However, by simply balancing it, one can enjoy rice without feeling guilty.

Despite its many health benefits, white rice is a high calorie and carbohydrate food that, if not consumed in limited quantities, can lead to weight gain |  Photo credit: Pixabay

Portion control is key to a healthy diet, especially with white rice | Photo credit: Pixabay

Key highlights

  • Fitness enthusiasts often switch from white to brown rice due to the nutritional value
  • White rice can be detrimental when consumed with any other source of carbohydrates such as tortillas or fatty foods
  • White rice can be made healthier by adding a touch of grilled or boiled vegetables or leafy greens

New Delhi: People on a weight loss tour rarely turn to carbohydrates for support, and white rice is the biggest no-go for this group due to its famous association with lethargy, water retention and ultimately weight gain. Sacrificing this gullible grain that goes with all curries is a daunting task for those who can’t get enough of it. But what if we told you there is a way to enjoy this gluten-free source of carbohydrates while burning excess body fat at the same time? Trust us, it’s no bluff that you can get the nutritional value of white rice while also losing extra body weight just by finding a balance.

How healthy is a bowl of white rice?

Fitness enthusiasts often switch from white to brown rice due to the nutritional value. But steamed / cooked white rice also finds a prestigious place on the health list. Although high in calories, white rice is a low-fat staple that is high in B vitamins, easy to digest, and also helps boost your metabolism.

How to lose weight with a bowl of white rice?

Nutritionists and dietitians rarely say yes to rice when it comes to weight loss. However, by simply balancing it, one can enjoy rice without feeling guilty.

  1. Pay attention to the cooking technique: White rice is part of the popular Indian kheer pudding and the Chinese fried rice ensemble. However, because of their ingredients, these dishes are very high in calories and do not offer many health benefits. However, if the same rice, after soaking, is cooked or steamed without too much oil, it becomes a light staple to complete your meals.
  2. Pay attention to the portion: Portion control is key to a healthy diet, especially with white rice. Despite its many health benefits, white rice is a high-calorie, high-carbohydrate food that, if not consumed in limited quantities, can lead to weight gain. Therefore, it is advisable to have a small amount of rice with your meals.
  3. Do not add any other source of carbohydrates or fat: White rice can be detrimental when consumed with any other source of carbohydrates such as tortillas or fatty foods. In this case, even portion control can result in a litter and lead to weight gain.
  4. Combine it with vegetables or lean meat: White rice can be made healthier by adding a touch of grilled or boiled vegetables or leafy greens. Vegetables like broccoli, green peas, beans, peppers, and lean meats like turkey and chicken breasts can be enjoyed with cooked or steamed white rice to create a complete, healthy meal.

Disclaimer: The tips and suggestions mentioned in this article are for general information only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or nutritionist before starting any fitness program or changing your diet.

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