Low-carb diets are very popular nowadays but are shown to be ineffective for long-term weight control.  A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that eliminating whole grains from your diet could be one of the worst things a you can do if you are trying to lose weight.  Conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, the 12-year study of 70,000 middle-aged women shows that women who consumed the most whole grains weigh less and are also less likely to gain weight or become obese.

 

Oats are one of the healthiest whole grains you can consume.  Oats are known to reduce cholesterol, improve digestions, fight cancer and also have four key elements that can lead to healthy, effective weight control.

 

Oats will make you feel fuller, longer.  In your stomach and small intestines, the soluble fiber in oats will form a gel which will delay digestion, keeping you full for a longer period of time.

 

Oats will stabilize your blood sugar levels.  Oat beta-glucan will slow the rise in your blood glucose levels following a meal and delays its decline to pre-meal levels. This will prolong the absorption of carbohydrates and triglycerides (fat) by the bloodstream.

 

Oats will make you more energized.  The balanced blood sugar will also lead to stabilized energy throughout the day, reducing energy “crashes.”  You’ll have energy to exercise and burn calories.

 

Oats will replace less healthy foods.  When “adding” oats to your diet, you should be displacing unhealthy breakfast options like sugary cereals, bagels, or muffins.

 

Sources:

http://www.proactol.com/weightlossadvice/oats-%E2%80%93-your-secret-weight-loss-weapon
http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/natural-foods/natural-weight-loss-food-oats-ga.htm
http://sweat365.com/library/articles/nutrition-and-wellbeing/can-oatmeal-help-me-lose-weight/
http://eatmoreoats.com/health.html

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