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Can Oatmeal Really Help Me Lose Weight? May 16, 2007

Posted by Lisa Sabin in healthy lifestyles, nutrition, Weight Loss.
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 Magical Oats

Oats are high in soluable fiber.  What that means is that oatmeal acts like a sponge which absorbs cholesterol and removes it from your system.  3 grams of fiber has been shown to reduce cholesterol, specifically LDL, which is low density cholesterol.  This equates to about 1 1/2 cups of oatmeal a day.  RDA recommends 5-10 grams of soluable fiber every day. 20-35 grams total.

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1. grinnbearit - May 17, 2007

I’m no expert on nutrition, but I have a personal testimony about the benefits of morning fiber. A couple of years ago I decided to change my anything-goes morning breakfast (usually sugary cereal or pop-tarts on the go) for some yogurt mixed with granola. I quickly become addicted. I actually FELT better throughout the day, mentally because I knew I was eating better and physically because my fiber intake was up and I was getting a regular dose of calcium. Anyway, since then i’ve stayed with the yogurt + granola breakfast and anytime i’ve slacked off and then returned to the routine, I can tell a difference all over again. It’s a simple change that has really worked for me.

2. Karl McCracken - May 17, 2007

Fibre = oats = porridge . . . hmmmm now THAT’s the way to get me set up for the day!

This is the first year that I’ve deliberately eaten before morning training sessions, and I can definitely testify to the slow, consistent fuel burn that you get from oats. When mixed with a little extra protien in the diet, I found that I also lost a few pounds (without trying – or DID I also increase my training at the same time? I’ll have to check the log), and added a little muscle.

3. lsabin - May 19, 2007

Good stuff huh? I like to put a little flax and walnuts on mine, with some cinnamon and brown sugar.

4. Jia - May 19, 2007

What a great blog .. I think if people educate themselves more in relation to the types of food they eat … they sure would make better choices in the future … Instead of the quick take away they may take the time to care about themselves instead and prepare a whole meal that the body wants and loves ..

5. bullrunner - May 21, 2007

I am an oatmeal lover—plain and simple with nothing on top—so I enjoyed reading your post. This is a very informative blog and I look forward to reading more of it.

6. lsabin - May 21, 2007

Thank you. As a trainer I get a lot of questions about various topics related to health and fitness. I like to research and write about topics that are interesting to both myself and my clients.

7. thatdancinggirl - May 22, 2007

Ever since I read your post yesterday morning, I’ve been craving oatmeal!!! (the home supply is running low)

8. MSS - November 12, 2007

I absolutley love oatmeal. i cannot imagine my breakfast w/o it. i think i could eat it for the rest of my life. I love cinnamon on it, and fresh fuits. I also found that it helps me lose weight. It not only helps to absorb cholesterol, but it keeps you full longer, so you don’t have to constantly eat.

9. Lou - May 11, 2008

I love oatmeal. But i find that it doesn’t fill me. Everytime I eat it. In fact it makes me hungrier as if I didn’t eat at all and I tend to have to get something else about 1/2 hour later. I dont understand how they say that oatmeal makes you feel full longer. It certainly doesn’t work for me. Any suggestions?

10. Yvette - May 26, 2008

I have the same problem as Lou…I eat Quaker Oats…with no sugar or anything added…I just put 1/2 cup in my atkins high protein/low carb shake and let it sit there for about 5 minutes and just eat it like that and I find that an hour later I am hungry as if I had eaten nothing vs when I just have the shake by itself it keeps me satisfied for hours…I love oatmeal and eat cause I like it, but I had to stop cause I was getting very hungry an hour later…any ideas as to why that may be?

11. janice - May 26, 2008

i am trying to figure out the best breakfst for me that will help me lose weight QUICK. hehe…… do you recommend oatmeal? like quaker oats?… also i only eat oatmeal with SALT… nothing else. no sugar. no cinnamon. just a bit of salt to taste….. is that healthy still?

12. rati - August 14, 2009

wen i thought 2 reduc my weight i plan for oats bt wen i had tat i feel its tasteless bt still i want to continue bcz it hlps 2 reduc weight whic was suggested by a doctor also…so be confident n hav oats rgularly….

13. djm - December 2, 2009

I am I admit over weight… So when about a year or so ago I made a determined effort to eat oatmeal a min of 5 to 6 days per week. I knew it was going to be tough. But I am doing it. And I love it. I cannot say I am really losing tons of weight… But it does help that’s a fact.

14. carla fleming - February 27, 2010

Am about 260 lbs and i want to loose weights starting with oatmeal

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