Rice; To Eat or Not to Eat?

Unhulled rice

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Many of my personal training clients ask me can they eat rice. Of course you know my answer is no. But why do we tell our clients to steer clear of rice? Well, if we look at plain white rice and break it down as to its value to our body, we will see that it has very little value besides making us temporarily full.

White rice is full of empty calories and simple carbohydrates which cause our body to increase its insulin production. This production of insulin is believed to work in contradiction to a person’s efforts to lose body fat. It is especially difficult to ban the consumption of rice for my clients as I am a personal trainer and fitness coach in Asia; however as my client there are no exceptions to the rules set out. Consumption of rice is strictly prohibited.

After the initial difficulties faced by cutting it out of their diets, my clients tend to feel as though they have more energy, they feel full longer and they start to wonder why they even needed rice in the first  place. I tell them to substitute rice with other things to fill their stomach. In the place of the rice, add more vegetables to the plate.  Instead of more rice, drink more liquid in advance of your meal or add a soup before the meal. In the long run their body thanks them by shedding extra body fat and people usually report feeling lighter in the stomach area and less lethargic.

So do yourself a favor and cut out the rice if you really want to lose body fat, lose weight and feel great.

Feel free to leave your comments, questions or your own personal input in the comments section below.

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By Rich Thurman, B.Sc., MA, CSCS, CPT

Health & Performance Coach

Active Lifestyle Co. Ltd

With a degree in Physiology from UCLA and a Masters Degree in Sports & Fitness Management, Rich combines his knowledge of rehabilitation and sports performance as well as nutritional studies to provide a complete and holistic approach to training clients. The focus is on lifestyle change which creates long term health.


About Rich Thurman III B.Sc, MA, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Rich has a Bachelors of Science in Physiological Science from UCLA and a Masters of Sports Management from USF. He is certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association, (NSCA) as a Personal Trainer (CPT) and Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is primary author of The Fitness Library and writes for various other publications, including the San Francisco Police Officer's Association. Rich is the founder of Xodus Fitness, which offers Fitness Consulting & Personal Training, Urban Body Transformation Bootcamps, Corporate Wellness. Rich also conducts Workshops and an annual lecture at the San Francisco State University Kinesiology Department. Please feel free to contact through any of the links below to inquire about professional services or opportunities.

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