Brown Or White Rice For Weight Loss?

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brown-rice-vs-white-riceI have finally faced the reality of aging. When you hit your 30’s,  it’s really not that easy to shed off the pounds. The effort I put in is twice but the outcome is just about zero. Suffice it to say, no matter what I do, I just can’t seem to drop a single pound. Weight loss is just not that easy at my age.

Such is the reason why I have decided to make some changes in my diet. I am about 30 lbs overweight and I want to start shedding off the pounds before it’s too late. The more weight I put on, the harder it will be to shed it off. So I might as well start now.

About two weeks ago, I started to jog. The first few days were hard. I couldn’t even last 15 minutes. But eventually, I was able to gain strength. Now, I am able to jog for about 25 minutes. I am looking forward to increasing the length of time.

Aside from my regular jogging, I have also started to eat right. I am not exactly cutting down on my food intake. I can’t afford to get hungry because I need all the energy I can get. So now, I am slowly trying to replace some of the food I am so used to eating.

Since I have a profound love for rice, I am now torn between the brown and the white variety. As a major component of my regular diet, I want to know which variety of rice can help me with my weight loss. Since brown rice is widely known to be a healthier alternative, I thought I needed to start eating that instead of the white variety that I have loved for so long. I was all set to shift to the brown variety when I learned some interesting facts about it.

Surprisingly, brown rice has a higher calorie content. One cup of brown rice has about two hundred sixteen calories. That’s about 47 more calories than a cup of white rice. The high-calorie content of brown rice for me curious.

Sean Nalewanyj, a renowned fitness coach and author of effective weight loss articles and programs, says that 9 out of 10 fitness experts recommend brown rice. There are three reasons as to why brown rice is highly recommendable. One good reason is that brown is a “slower absorbing carbohydrate”. As a slow absorbing carbohydrate, brown rice is considered as complex carbs. This means that it takes a longer time for the body to digest it. That slow burning process enables the body to feel full for a longer period of time. This can definitely cut down certain food cravings. So that’s one good reason as to why brown rice can help in weight loss.

But the second reason is quite an eye-opener. While brown rice contains more nutrients, I can actually get the same kind of nutrients from fruits and vegetables. This means that I can still enjoy eating the white variety as long as I make sure I getting the right nutrients from fruits, vegetables, and multi vitamins.

The third reason as to why brown rice is recommended most of the time is because of the high fiber content. But then again, if I could get the right amount of fiber from other food sources, I don’t really need to make the shift.

So two out three reasons helped me decide. So should I go for the brown or white rice? I’m glad I’m staying with the white rice.