Believe it or not, you can actually burn fat by eating! Yes, you read that right: Eating! Adding oats as a regular part of your diet can actually help you burn fat as well as provide consistent energy, aid in digestion, and help lower the risk of certain diseases such as diabetes and high cholesterol.
How Does it Work?
Oats fill you up, provide essential nutrients, and give you energy because they are high in carbohydrates, fiber, and protein. This helps you burn fat in a number of ways. The carbohydrates in oatmeal jump start your metabolism and helps kick off the fat burning process before you have done anything but open your mouth. The fiber in oatmeal is what provides the most bang for your buck however. High-fiber foods make you feel full which helps you fight cravings. Fiber also helps prevent spikes in blood sugar that can make you feel hungry. Lastly, filling your stomach with a low calorie food doesn’t leave any room for high calorie choices. Sorry, donuts.
The Good News
Oats are also good for your heart. They contain both calcium and potassium which have been shown to reduce blood pressure. A study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that increased consumption of whole grains such as oatmeal may protect against coronary heart disease. Also, according to the American Heart Association, oats have a greater portion of soluble fiber than any other grain which has been associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and a reduction in LDL cholesterol.
The Bad News
How you eat your oatmeal is important if you wish to burn fat. Avoid instant oatmeal packets which can contain more sugar, fat, and unhealthy additives than plain oats. Also, do not top your oatmeal with high-calorie nutrient poor foods like maple syrup, brown sugar, and chocolate chips. In order to reap the most benefit, make oatmeal part of a diet that is generally low in fat and high in protein and fiber. Unfortunately, you are not likely to see great weight loss results simply by adding a bowl of oatmeal to an unhealthy diet.
Ok, I’m in… What Now?
Reaping the fat burning benefits of oatmeal is as simple as opening your mouth and inserting your breakfast spoon! To make your oats as healthy as possible, consider making them with water. You can also use skim milk or mix in egg whites for an added dose of protein or add a handful of blueberries for additional fiber and antioxidants. With unlimited combinations of fruit and other healthy mix-ins, oatmeal is the perfect way to get your body burning fat and feeling full and happy all day long!