Power Oatmeal

Weight loss benefits of oatmeal 

Oatmeal contains a healthy mixture of fiber, complex carbohydrates, and plant-based protein that makes it beneficial for weight loss. A half-cup of dry Oats contains 150 calories, three grams of fat, 27 grams of carbohydrates, five grams of protein, and one gram of naturally occurring sugar. It contains four grams of dietary fiber with two grams of soluble fiber.

Here are some health and weight loss-related benefits of this nutritious meal:

Oatmeal keeps you feeling full and helps regulate bowel movements: Dietary fiber, particularly soluble fiber, softens stool, making it easier to pass. It also regulates hunger by creating a feeling of fullness. “Oats have soluble fiber, which forms a gel-like formula that can leave people feeling full.

Oatmeal helps to keep blood sugar from spiking: Another perk of eating oatmeal is that the rolled oats version qualifies as a  low glycemic index food. The glycemic index (GI) is a ranking of foods based on how much they raise blood sugar. Therefore, a low GI means that oatmeal keeps your blood sugar from spiking too high during and after meals, which may help fend off hunger longer, Ross says. Spikes in blood sugar can also cause fatigue and headaches.

Keeping your blood sugar in a healthy range, particularly for people with diabetes, may prevent long-term health complications such as heart diseaseThe GI of rolled oats is about 55, which, for comparison, is about 25 points lower than whole wheat bread.

Oatmeal helps control insulin: As blood sugar levels rise, the pancreas produces insulin, a hormone that helps cells absorb glucose, aka blood sugar. Foods with a low glycemic index, like oats, are digested more slowly which causes a more gradual rise in blood sugar. Because insulin allows cells to absorb blood sugar which the body converts to fat if there is too much of it, low insulin levels are associated with weight loss.

At Go Girl Physique – The only Womens Gym in Timaru, you will find a plethora of suitable low calorie recipes right here on this webpage. Don’t forget that diet is just one part of the formula. You need to regulary work out too. Why not attend one of our Classes. 

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Power Oatmeal

½ cup oatmeal
1 cup skim milk
Dash of cinnamon
1 tablespoon all-natural peanut butter.
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
Fruit of your choice (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)

Mix the first four ingredients together in a bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes and 45 seconds. Keep an eye on the mixture and stir halfway through so that it doesn’t bubble over. Once the oatmeal is cooked, mix in the protein powder and top with fruit of your choice.