There are mixed messages about oatmeal and it can get confusing.
I’ll tell you exactly which TYPE of oats are the best for weight loss and which ones should be avoided.
The Benefits Of Oatmeal
- It’s DENSE In Nutrients
Even though it’s primarily a carbohydrate, it still has a decent amount of protein, almost no fat, and lots of fiber. And yes, it has vitamins and minerals too.
- Normal Blood Sugar
If you select the right type of oats, you can keep your blood sugar in a healthy range, which is good for energy and mood.
- Keeps You Full
Because of the nutrient density and the high fiber, it tends to keep you full, longer. So, you won’t get hungry so quickly.
- Healthy Cholesterol Levels
Studies have shown that oats can help lower cholesterol. Oats contain Beta-glucan, which can bind to cholesterol-containing foods and substances in your body and move them through your digestive system.
- Healthy Blood Pressure Levels
Oats can help promote healthy blood pressure levels because they contain antioxidants called avenanthramides [avey-nan-thromides]
In addition to these 5 main health benefits, oats are also good at keeping your regular and colon health. So, if you have constipation, it’s another reason to try eating more oats.
Which Type Of Oats Are The Best?
They are called “steel-cut” because they are literally cut with steel blades. The benefit here is it allows liquid to penetrate more surface area, meaning these oats cook more quickly than the other oats.
Also, because steel-cut oats are minimally processed, less than the other forms, they also have the lowest glycemic index, which means they don’t cause high blood sugar and insulin levels.
All of this means a good source of carbohydrates for energy and your workouts, while also keeping your blood sugar levels in a good range – all of which can accelerate weight loss and show off your abs.
Now, this does NOT mean you eat your oats with a bunch of other unhealthy junk and extra calories such as sugar, butter and so forth.
Maybe you can add in a little bit of fruit of Stevia for sweetness.
Try to stay away from “instant oats” or other processed oats or those that come in packages with sugar and fat added for flavor.
Again, keep it as natural as possible.
And that’s it.
Also, keep track of total calories. As great as oats are, they are also dense in calories.