Lose Weight and Stay Healthy with Oats

by Maria on December 17, 2013

If you are serious about losing weight and staying healthy, you should consider including oats in your weight loss diet plan.

How this Whole Grain Can Help you Lose Weight

Oats have more soluble fiber than any other whole grain. The fiber in oats:

  • Helps you feel full by triggering  hormones associated with fullness;
  • Reduces hunger by creating gels in your stomach which delay stomach emptying, so you feel full longer;
  • Helps prevent spikes in blood sugar levels, which can make you feel hungry.

Plus, oats contain resistant starch, a healthy carb that boosts metabolism and burns fat.

Moreover, starting the day with a healthful bowl of oats for breakfast, in addition to filling you up, makes it easier for you to avoid high-fat and sugar laden snacks later in the day. Also, the energy you get from eating an oatmeal breakfast boosts your metabolism and can make you more physically active during the day, and therefore, burn more calories.

And more to the point, oatmeal is low in fat and calories. A typical serving of one-half cup of uncooked oats contains about 150 calories and 3 grams of healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat.

The bran of the oat grain is the outer layer of the oat kernel, where much of the fiber and many of the nutrients reside. This high fiber content makes oat bran an excellent choice for a high-fiber diet as well.

Oats Can Help you Stay Healthy

Research has shown that the soluble fiber in oats can lower LDL cholesterol, and reduce blood pressure.

Eating a bowl of oatmeal in the morning, as part of your healthy diet plan, can easily help you increase your intake of whole grains. They are beneficial not just because of their fiber, but also because they provide a variety of minerals and vitamins, such as manganese, magnesium, calcium, iron, thiamin (Vitamin B1), and antioxidants, such as phenolic and phytic acids.

Besides, some of the phytonutrients in oats include lignans, which may help protect your heart, while the plant sterols and stanols in them help normalize blood cholesterol levels.

The bottom line: Oats are an excellent food to include in your healthy weight loss program.

So, why not go ahead and do it! You have nothing to lose, and so much to gain!

 

 

 

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