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Pasta Tied to Weight Loss

If you love pasta and also want to lose weight, there is good news for you. In a new study, eating pasta has been tied to weight loss.

Eating Pasta & Weight Loss

Eating pasta is linked to weight loss, study. Photo by Times of Malta

A study done at the University of Toronto looked at the results from 30 different studies of individuals who eat pasta as a part of a low glycemic diet. The pasta-eaters ate at least a half cup of noodles three times per week. They did not gain weight and lost about one pound after 12 weeks.

“The study found that pasta didn’t contribute to weight gain or increase in body fat,” lead author John Sievenpiper, MD, PhD, a clinician scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital, said in a statement. “In fact, analysis actually showed a small weight loss. So contrary to concerns, perhaps pasta can be part of a healthy diet such as a low GI diet.”

The trick is to pay attention to the low GI part. Foods that have a high glycemic index cause a rise in high blood pressure and have you feeling hungry afterwards. Low GI foods under 55 do the opposite and can help you lose weight. Sweet potatoes, beans and lentils are foods with low GI that you are probably already consuming.

Although this study sheds light on eating pasta, it does not mean you should stuff your plate with pasta on a regular basis. More trials are needed to examine the effect of pasta compared to other ‘healthy’ dietary patterns. Also, long-term research should be conducted on how people fare after a year or more on low glycemic diets that include pasta.

I do not believe that following a low GI diet is the secret to weight loss. Some of the most nutritious foods rank high on the glycemic index like watermelon and should not be avoided. The key is to eat smart by controlling your portion size and include whole grains to increase your chances of weight loss.

Source: Chiavaroli L, Kendall CWC, Braunstein CR, et al “Effect of pasta in the context of low-glycaemic index dietary patterns on body weight and markers of adiposity: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials in adults” BMJ Open 2018;8:e019438. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019438

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice

Beans, Chickpeas May Aid Weight Loss

Beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas may be great for weight loss, according to a new Canadian research study.

Beans, Chickpeas Aid Weight Loss

Beans, chickpeas or also known as “pulses”, help you feel full to lose weight. Photo by the Globe and Mail

Data from 21 clinical trials that was analyzed on foods known as “pulses”, found that they can help people on a diet feel full and lose unhealthy weight. Beans, peas and other legumes are some of my favorite foods in my diet so this is good news for me as well. I could eat beans almost every day with rice and not get tired of it. Consuming these pulses on a regular basis means I am maintaining my weight while eating something I enjoy at the same time.

“Though the weight loss was small, our findings suggest that simply including pulses in your diet may help you lose weight, and we think more importantly, prevent you from gaining it back after you lose it,” study lead author Russell de Souza, a researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, said during a hospital news release.

These foods are high in fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals so there is no question how they help you lose weight or lower cholesterol levels if consumed regularly.

The new analysis in the trial included a total of 940 adults who began eating one serving (3/4) cup of pulses each day. They lost 0.75 pounds on average over a six week period without making any extra effort to stay away from other kinds of foods, said researchers. This may not seem like a lot of weight loss but the fact that pulses suppress appetite is the main point. When you feel full, you eat less. The Canadian team also noted that pulses have a “low glycemic index” — meaning that they break down slowly in the digestive tract.

Prior research has found that one serving of legumes makes individuals feel fuller. Each time I eat a few good servings of beans or peas I always have a low appetite and feel less hungry later.

“This new study fits well with our previous work, which found that pulses increased the feeling of fullness by 31 percent, which may indeed result in less food intake,” Russell de Souza, the study’s lead author and researcher with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital, said in a statement.

I love the fact of adding foods to your diet instead of removing them to lose weight and most diets fail according to research. It excites me even more that eating beans and peas has been shown to lower bad cholesterol while lowering the risk of heart disease at the same time.

To say the least, if you love beans, chickpeas or other legumes like I do, you should eat them more often to lose weight and improve your health for the future.

Leeman Taylor
Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

Source: Souza et al. “Effects of dietary pulse consumption on body weight: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials” Am J Clin Nutr ajcn124677First published online March 30, 2016.doi:10.3945/ajcn.115.124677