2nd Burning Question: Can I stop eating rice to lose weight?

One of the most common questions asked to me…Although rice is a rich source of carbohydrates, all the cereals such as wheat, ragi, maize etc have the same amount carbohydrate content ie. 70-80 grams of carbohydrates for 100 grams.

Many ask me whether rice has fat. If the intake of any carbohydrate or protien exceeds more than necessary, it is converted to fat. Hence the servings of cereals should be eaten as per requirement and if it exceeds, then it will be converted to fat.

Carbohydrates are a source of fuel and should give 50-60% of the daily calories in our daily diet. Carbohydrates from the complex form such as whole grains like brown rice, wheat pasta, whole grain breads or whole legumes and pulses will help to prevent spikes in the blood sugar and stabilize the glucose levels in the blood and can help in weight control as they are very filling

Carbohydrates which are refined such as refined wheat flour/maida, white/polished rice, white breads, cornflour, sugar etc are very bad for health and are nutritionally poor.

Sanjana Shenoy

About Sanjana Shenoy

A dietitian from Mangalore, India. A post graduate diploma holder in “Dietetics” and a university topper from Welcomgroup School of Hotel Administration from the prestigious Manipal University. At present working as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. Consultant for corporates like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.

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13 Responses to 2nd Burning Question: Can I stop eating rice to lose weight?

  1. Ranjitha July 29, 2008 at 8:12 pm #

    Will intake of rice in the night increases weight? In case if we want to have rice in the night, what time can we eat it so that it does not increase the weight? Can we have rice in the afternoons.

  2. Sanjana Shenoy
    Sanjana - Site Dietitian July 29, 2008 at 8:32 pm #

    No it wont. This depends on how much you are eating, ie how many servings you are eating. 1 serving is 25grams(5 tsps.) of raw rice. But if your intake exceeds more than necessary, then it can trigger weight gain. Any cereal can cause weight gain if you eat more than necessary.

    It is always good to finish dinner atleast 2 hours before going to bed. 7:30-8:30 p.m. are the best times. If dinner is eaten a little earlier too, will help. But earlier than the time mentioned, may require you to eat a snack such as a fruit or a glass of milk before going to bed.

    Yes, rice can be eaten in the noon without any fear. Stick to unpolished rice which is very good for health.

  3. Dhruv October 12, 2009 at 12:08 pm #

    The rice that we get normally in the market is polished rice…right?

    Where can we get the unpolished rice? I’ve inquired a lot but haven’t found yet.

    Also eating brown rice is really difficult and good quality brown rice is pretty expensive and not easily available

  4. Sanjana Shenoy
    Sanjana - Dietitian October 12, 2009 at 12:52 pm #

    Availability of unpolished rice depends on where you reside. You can try at shops where they sell whole grain products. Unpolished rice is very easily available in the coastal belt of my home town, Mangalore and also in Kerala.

    Remember to ask for brown rice too.

  5. murali May 9, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    Hai,Im working in a BPO which is obviously a night shift job,so im in a situation to eat rice at night everyday.
    Does eating rice at night not bad, if i don’t sleep at night?

  6. Sanjana Shenoy
    Sanjana - Dietitian May 12, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

    Hi Murali,

    All carbohydrates such as rice, chapathi,oats are all the same. It depends on the quantity you eat as this can give your calorie intake.. Your diet will needed to be adjusted as per your working times

  7. vaishnavi January 7, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    Hi
    is it better to have rice or roti?Recently i had a baby and gained a lot of wt.Can u please tell me about the food i have to take inorder to loose the baby wt.Planning to start workouts soon,but i feel tired and weak at times.

  8. sriram January 7, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    Hi i drink horlicks twice a day with low fat milk.Now im in U.S and slowly gaining wt.Could it be due to milk/horlicks or change in climate because i dont eat any other fat food.?Pl advice

  9. sanjay January 13, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    Hi,
    I am 46 years old.Two years back I was 94 kg my height is (171cm).I was residing at mumbai that time and my food habit was not regular.i use to eat anything.More of oily and junk food.I started gymnesium and change in my diet.Only light breakfast in morning, 4 chappati at afternoon with vegetable and butter milk. light breakfast at 4.0pm and night 4 chappati and vegetables. with heavy workout and regular diet I reduced up to 80 kg.
    Now I am at central Africa, from last 8 months, I dont get wheat chaapati here. I have to eat Maida chappati and some time i dont even get that.That time I have to eat rice.I am doing regular excercise .But still I fill my weight is not reducing. we dont even have fadility to measure weight.
    Could you suggest me a regular diet

    Thanks and regards
    sanjay.

  10. Nagu December 26, 2011 at 9:19 pm #

    Hi

    Need your advise please..

    I’m daily doing exercise around 1hr in the evening then after i’m eating rice at night around 10 PM .

    do i need to avoid eating rice at night ?

  11. JanArdel January 5, 2012 at 5:52 am #

    GOOD DAY!
    Just asking..is it ok to lose 300 calories per day? and diet myself..will i lose weight?
    and i will stop eating rice..is it ok?

  12. Priyanka Sharma September 28, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    Hello Ma’am
    I am 20 and my weight is 60 and I am doing exercise each day. But I am rice lover so can you tell me what to do ? I want myself slim like others.Plz do tell me the solution to get rid from this excess weight…..

  13. Ahamad October 5, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    Hi I am ahamad my age 25 ;height is 5’5 my weight is 80 i have loose weight pls guide me

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