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.


Losing That Excess Weight With Zumba

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The reality of having to lose weight means confronting the need to exercise. Sadly, some people like me don’t exercise at all. With work and household stuff to think about, the exercise part is out. But now that I have to lose weight, the need to exercise is blatantly apparent.

Aside for the weight loss, exercise is simply good for the body. After all, sweating it out is the best way to cleanse the body. But what kind of exercise is appropriate for me? As middle-aged woman, who hardly has any time for anything, what kind of exercise is appropriate and most importantly fun to do?

Beat The Exercise Boredom

Here’s the thing about exercise. It’s exciting at first but gets boring after a while. I really wanted to get into a kind of routine that was fun. If I had to sweat it all out, it had to be fun. I didn’t want to end up doing any strenuous physical activities.

That’s why I thought of Zumba.

Dance to Exercise

After hearing so much about Zumba, I thought it was worth looking into it. Although it didn’t really amaze me at first. But the more I knew about it, the more I got convinced that it was the right exercise for me.

“if you are a little tired of riding a bicycle and you want to take a break from the treadmill or pumping iron, then you need to try this new exciting trend of fitness called Zumba.”

I must admit, I wasn’t exactly tired of riding a bicycle or the walking on the treadmill. The truth be told, I hadn’t done any physical exertion whatsoever.

What Exactly Is Zumba?

I was curious so I found out about it.

“Zumba is a Latin-inspired cardio dance format and it was actually founded by a German in Columbia. So three quarters of what we do in Zumba classes are typically Latin music, either Latin pop or traditional Latin. Then we have a mixed of pop culture music from American culture …”

Why I Found It Appropriate

I found Zumba appropriate for the likes of me because, first of all, it seemed a lot of fun. I like the music it was definitely not going to be boring. Second, it seemed to be a friendly kind of dance, meaning I didn’t need a lot of grace and flexibility to get into it.

“Everybody can learn to do Zumba and do Zumba well because it’s not the New York City Ballet. It was designed for average participants …”

That got me. I certainly didn’t want to look like a fool.

Benefits Of Zumba

Aside from the new friends I have met and the exhilarating feeling I get from it, I can easily lose about 500 calories from an hour of Zumba dancing.

“It’s benefits are immense. At the core, Zumba classes are intended to provide a large calorie-burn …”

Here’s best part. One hour of Zumba dancing is not enough. That’s because I find it so fun that I usually do two hours. I just love it.

There’s always a lot of time if the task is enjoyable. With regards to Zumba, it’s not hard for me to find the time to do it. It works best with my diet delivery service. I’m proud to say doing pretty well with my weight loss journey.