Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Oats: Natural Weight Loss Foods

When it comes to weight loss, it all comes down to eating fewer calories than your body needs. 
Oats for weight loss

Oats can be part of your weight loss plan and can be consumed either at breakfast or as a snack. Oats are edible seeds of the Avena sativa plant. These are used for human consumption as oatmeal and rolled oats. Oatmeal is the perfect meal to start your day because it boosts your energy and has plenty of fiber to keep you full and satisfied.  
Oatmeal is also full of water-soluble fibers, which play a crucial role in making you feel full over a longer period of time. Studies have also shown that oatmeal reduces cholesterol, maintains blood sugar levels and fights against heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and obesity. Also, oats are high in phytonutrients, beta-glucans, selenium, proteins, manganese, iron, thiamin and magnesium. By itself, oatmeal is low in fat and fairly low in calories. 
Eating oatmeals 1-2 hours before workouts will give you a longer lasting blast of energy that helps workout longer & more intensely which helps you lose weight much faster!
Oats: Natural Weight Loss Foods

All types of oatmeal are healthful and low-fat, but steel-cut oats are less processed than rolled oats and are believed to retain more nutrients. Packets of instant oatmeal often contain more sugar than oats you cook yourself. Regardless of the type of oatmeal you choose to eat, be careful of what you add to your bowl. Choose skim milk to keep the calories low. Instead of sweetening your oatmeal with sugar, try berries or dried fruit, which also offer additional fiber and nutrients.