You’d think nothing could be more nutritious than a steaming hot bowl of oatmeal. It makes you believe you have what it takes to shed your excess flab and you can’t stop patting yourself on the back for making such a healthy choice. After all, doesn’t oatmeal have amazing “bad cholesterol” fighting properties? And is it not helpful in preventing insulin spikes, therefore being an excellent food to fight off diabetes? And since it is so high in fiber, it can keep you full for longer and stop you from munching on those quick empty-calorie snacks. No wonder nutritionists think it’s great for weight watchers!
But a few weeks later, the weighing machine reading has a completely different story to tell you. Your weight is the same, in fact, has even increased by a few pounds. Which makes you wonder – what are you doing wrong?
Oatmeal Mistakes That’s Causing Weight Gain
The problem begins with people not really liking the taste of oatmeal as much as they try to. They try to lace their bowl of oats with all sorts of unhealthy
1. It’s Flavored Or Instant
Prepackaged oatmeal can help save time, but not your weight, unfortunately. Even healthy labels that scream “zero-calorie” and “sugar-free” could be brimming over with extra chemicals and sugar. Some instant oatmeal even come with questionable ingredients like artificial dyes and inflammatory vegetable oil. Similarly, packaged flavored oats are also nothing but storehouses of sodium, sugar, and preservatives.
So the next time you buy oats, go for the plain, unflavored kind and add in your own spices or toppings to make things delicious and help you save some money in the long run.
2. You’re Adding Too Much
Eating oats for breakfast is a great way to start your day, but not if you’re topping it off with too much sugary treats. People tend to do this especially if they have an unchecked sweet tooth, and think it’s okay to go for toppings that will make oats more palateable. The highlight of your breakfast, however, should never be sugar-laden condiments. Sugar will increase your insulin resistance over time and lead to fat cell deposition, doing worse things for your waistline. Therefore, ditch the maple syrup and the 5 spoonfuls of sugar. If you really want to sweeten your meal, go for healthier sweeteners like organic honey and chopped up fruits and berries. These will, in fact, give your meal an added boost of fiber and volume that will increase your chances of losing weight.
3. You Don’t Add Enough Protein
Being a food that offers about 30 grams of carbohydrates, you need to make sure you pair your oatmeal with protein-rich foods for a more balanced meal. Extra protein, especially during breakfasts will make your meal more filling and help keep your blood sugar levels stable. Include some slices of lean bacon, or stir in a few egg whites while your bowl of oats is still hot. If nothing else, you can even add in some nut butter to put an end to those mid-day snack cravings.
4. Your Serving Size Is Too Large
Eating healthy isn’t an excuse to eat uncontrollably. Remember, oats too, contain calories. A balanced diet is just as important
5. You’re Eating It Plain
By itself, oatmeal is pretty low in calories, but still carb-heavy. Carbohydrates are the easiest to digest and for this reason, your tummy empties itself faster. To increase satiety and prevent spikes in blood sugar, consider adding a little more protein and fat to your oatmeal. You could do this either by adding a spoonful of chia seeds, almond slivers or some nut butter.