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Carbs for weight loss!

It’s interesting how people often remove the starchy carbohydrate from a meal when they are on the path to weight loss. In fact from all the comments on carbohydrates it would be easy to believe that they are the highest kilojoule part of the meal.

It’s interesting how people often remove the starchy carbohydrate from a meal when they are on the path to weight loss. In fact from all the comments on carbohydrates it would be easy to believe that they are the highest kilojoule part of the meal. So let’s do some comparisons and have a closer look at the kilojoules in proteins and carbohydrates.

100g Grilled Sirloin Steak
763 KJ
100g Baked Potato
366 KJ
100g Grilled Chicken Breast
694 KJ
100g Baked Kumara
413 KJ
100g Boiled White Rice 337 KJ

You may find it surprising to see that the kilojoules per 100g of protein are about double that of carbohydrates. It is the marbled fat in the protein that pushes the kilojoule count up. If you take the starchy carb out of your meal it’s easy for the protein portion to increase and you’ll end up with a meal that’s higher in  kilojoules, and of course this makes weight loss difficult. Putting the carbohydrate back into your meals will not only provide a better balance to your food intake, but it’s a lower kilojoule option plus you’ll benefit from the grain fibre.

Another reason for the carbohydrate intake to be low or overlooked is due to the new trend of a low gluten or no gluten style of eating. Gluten is a protein component found in wheat, oats, barley and rye. For those who are diagnosed with Coeliac disease, a gluten free regimen is essential, but for others this small amount of protein may be beneficial for weight loss as protein helps promote a feeling of fullness.

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