Disclaimer: I am not a fitness trainer or a dietitian or a nutrionist. I have no background in any of those fields either. I am writing this based on my personal experience.
Recently there has been an increasing number of interest regarding fitness among my friends. Mostly are trying to lose weight while few are trying to gain weight and get muscular. Regardless of their intention I am happy for them. Unfortunately I find some of those who are trying to lose weight are concerning too much of getting the result fast. They were willing to try things such as avoiding carbohydrate, skipping dinner, and consuming way lesser than they should.
This has been the most favourite method among my circle of friends. Believing that by avoiding carbohydrate especially rice they will be able to lose weight fast. Some will allow themselves to consume a serving of rice per week. I personally tried this and yes it does work. However it did not last long for me. Being a Malaysian rice is something that I consume daily as a source of energy. In my experience I replaced rice with rice vermicelli and I limit myself to consume rice only once a week.
It was going good at first. I loss weight quickly and received compliments from my friends. However after few weeks my body started getting uncomfortable with the diet. I started feeling weak and had huge craving for rice. I started to consume rice on daily basis and sometimes it was more than once a day. After few weeks I gained more than I loss. I believe it is better not to avoid carbohydrate but instead control your intake.
Do not avoid carbohydrate but control the intake
In my experience avoding carbohydrate is not really useful. It is best to control your intake.
For example in consuming rice it is best to limit the size for per serving to half a cup which consists about 80 kcal. Regardless of white or brown rice. Along with rice there will usually be side dishes. Make sure that your side dishes are well balance. I recommend the side dishes to consists of two types of vegetables and one serving of chicken, beef, or fish. As for the drink, plain water should be sufficient.
The mistake that most people did is consuming imbalance side dishes and having sweet drink. Bear in mind that sweet drinks contains sugar which is also a carbohydrate. However it does not has the same benefit as rice. Remember to measure the calories to ensure that you will not consume more than you need.
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