On any weight loss diet, you’re going to have to be paying more attention to the types of foods you are putting in to your mouth and the impact they have on your hunger levels. Since in order to lose weight you must be taking in fewer calories than you burn on a daily basis, if you aren’t opting for foods that are slow digesting in nature, you’re likely to start feeling some hunger.
That said, one particular form of carbohydrates that are healthy to eat on a fat loss diet are oats.
There are a few different varieties of oats though, and choosing the right one will become important for ensuring you are able to lose weight as fast as possible.
Here are the different varieties and what they mean to you.
Rolled oats are one of the more common forms consumed when on a weight loss diet because they are both fast to make and have a great deal of dietary fiber. Do note though, when purchasing them you will want to get a plain bag and add your own flavorings, rather than selecting one of the commercially flavored packages (Peaches and Cream, Apple Cinnamon, and Maple and Brown Sugar for example).
Typically these will only take about five to ten minutes to prepare, so they are good for days when you’re in a hurry.
Next up is oat bran. Oat bran is one that you may want to not eat as often while on a weight loss diet simply because cup for cup, it will have more calories. It is essentially a lot finer in texture and is more suitable for baked goods.
While if you are baking it is a good replacement for flour, eaten just for breakfast it may not be your best option.
Now we come to steel cut oats. These are whole grain oats that are chewer than regular rolled oats and will take a much longer time to cook. These will have a very high level of fiber though – so that is good, but for some people, the cooking time (twenty minutes or longer) becomes a barrier.
They will release very slowly into the bloodstream though, helping keep insulin levels at bay and prevent fat gain.
Finally, there is quick oats. Quick oats are also a very popular choice because again, they are readily available in the supermarket and take only one to two minutes to cook.
You can easily spice up your quick oats by adding a variety of extracts (maple, banana, etc), cinnamon, natural peanut butter, or mixing in some protein powder to make it a more complete meal.
This is probably one of the best choices if you are really looking for something quick, as it still has many of the health benefits of steel-cut oats, which take longer to make.
So, when you wake up for breakfast tomorrow, consider oats if you are looking to lose weight at the moment.
It’s far better in terms of hunger control than a piece of whole wheat toast or a lower fiber cold cereal.