It’s often said that if you want to lose weight then you should cut carbs out of your diet, leaving pasta, potato, and other carb lovers feeling a bit lost without some of their dietary staples.
While loading up on french fries and fettuccini alfredo certainly isn’t going to help lead to any weight loss, it’s not always the case that carbs only lead to increased belly fat. At least it’s not the case when you’re eating oatmeal, the most effective carb at helping to shrink belly fat, according to Trista Best, RD, a registered dietitian at Balance One Supplements.
“Oats are an excellent source of whole grains and contain plenty of fiber and nutrients that make them a healthy meal or snack,” Best says.
Oatmeal, an extraordinarily popular and filling breakfast staple, isn’t the only breakfast dish that can aid in your weight loss efforts, but it is one of the best options to start your day with because of its nutritional benefits. Not only is oatmeal the best carb to help shrink belly fat, but it also plays a role in lowering bad cholesterol, regulating blood sugar levels, and is packed with protein and fiber.
One of the ways that oatmeal helps to reduce belly fat is because you most likely won’t be overeating it, according to Best, as the fiber-packed carb helps you feel full.
“The fiber in oatmeal keeps you feeling full for longer, which can prevent overeating throughout the morning,” according to Best. And that’s not the only way that oatmeal helps to shrink belly fat.
“The whole grains keep your blood sugar stabilized, preventing spikes and dips that are associated with increased weight gain,” Best says. A recent study found that when a person’s blood sugar dips after eating, they’re hungrier quicker and tend to eat more.
Best says that one of the highlights of eating oatmeal is that it can be made in various ways, and many of the varieties can be prepared without adding extra calories.
“Healthy oatmeal can be made either savory or sweet without excess calories and when accomplished oatmeal can be the perfect breakfast for weight loss,” Best says.
The best way to eat oatmeal to help avoid the excess calories and result in shrinking belly fat is by not eating pre-packaged oatmeal and making your own instead with healthy toppings, like nuts, berries, and eggs.
“Some of the best toppings and mix-ins for oatmeal include nuts, cinnamon, blueberries, strawberries, and bananas,” Best says. “Savory oats can be made healthy by adding tomatoes, eggs, mushrooms, and spinach.”