Is Oatmeal Good For Weight Loss?

Oatmeal has the ability to help promote weight loss.

Now, to understand why oatmeal can be great for weight loss, it’s essential to understand what causes weight loss. When you’re taking in less calories a day compared to what you’re burning, or when you have a calorie deficit, to put it another way, it causes weight loss.

Foods like oatmeal can help you achieve a calorie deficit because oatmeal is very filling and is relatively low in calories.

Oatmeal not only provides you fullness at little calorie expense, but it also can provide you long-lasting energy and great nutrition, making oatmeal a perfect food to make apart of your weight loss diet.

You can eat a bowl of oatmeal in the morning and be kept full and have energy well into the day.

A 1/4 cup serving of pre-cooked dry steel-cut oats contains 150 to 170 calories, which is not alot of calories considering the fact you can make a meal out of oatmeal alone.

Because oatmeal is so low in calories, there is room to add sugar or other sweeteners in moderation, and it can still be a relatively low-calorie & weight loss friendly meal. 

However, adding excessive amounts of sugar or other calorie-dense sweeteners will begin to diminish oatmeal’s ability to be weight loss friendly.

 

How is oatmeal able to be filling and yet be low in calories?

 

In the above section, it was established that oatmeal is a weight loss-friendly food because oatmeal can provide long-lasting fullness and energy at little calorie expense. It’s now important to understand how oatmeal is able to be so filling, and such a great source of energy and yet be so low in calories.

Oatmeal’s ability to be weight loss-friendly has a lot to do with its fiber content as fiber is a great appetite suppressant and has nearly no calories making fiber a very weight loss friendly content.

Now there are two major categories of fiber: insoluble fiber (which can not absorb water) and soluble fiber (which can absorb water).

Oatmeal has both insoluble and soluble fiber.

Soluble fiber and its ability to absorb water really elevates oatmeal’s ability to be a weight loss friendly food.

You see, when you prepare oatmeal by boiling it in water, the soluble fiber content of the oatmeal will absorb the water.

Water is filling and has no calories, so when the water is absorbed into the oatmeal, the water makes the oatmeal so much more filling without adding calories to the oatmeal, ultimately making the oatmeal more weight loss friendly.

Another important thing worth mentioning about soluble fiber is that once soluble fiber absorbs water, soluble fiber will move slower through your digestive system, keeping you fuller longer. That’s why you can eat a bowl of oatmeal early in the morning and can still be full hours later.

To get more information on why oatmeal is so filling, click here.

 

Studies

There are many contents found in oatmeal that have been shown to weight loss friendly.

Fiber has been found to have the potential to be weight loss friendly (1)(2)(3).

Water has been shown as well to have the potential to be weight loss friendly.

 

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How is oatmeal able to provide such long-lasting fullness and yet be so low in calories?

 

 

 

 

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Here is a list of other foods that can possibly help with weight loss:
•Bananas
•Spinach

Also, get health benefits of these various foods:
•Chia Seeds