Whole Grains; Can I Eat them Daily?

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Pertaining to Fat Loss:

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Just a followup on my previous assault on whole grains. I wanted to tackle the topic a little bit more because the topic of something being “not as bad” for you has come up. Honestly, I try not to live in a realm of “not as bad” when it comes to my health. I mean smoking a pack of cigarettes per day is bad, but should you consider smoking half a pack per day to be “not as bad”. Well in the grand scheme of things you would think that it’s not as bad, but the point is that it’s still harmful.

On the road to fat loss, eating brown rice and black rice is “not as bad” as eating white rice, however eating no rice at all happens to be best. I’m not going to convince many people to quit eating rice, nor am I attempting to do so. My message is simply to help people understand the affects that food is having on their body. All grains affect the body in a certain way and if your ultimate goal is to cut body fat then cutting rice, bread, pasta is going to be essential. Sure eating brown rice and black rice and things of this nature is going to be better than eating white rice, simply for the fact that you are getting more fiber. White rice is stripped of its natural nutritional value during processing.

You must also consider that the idea of whole grain may be misleading and inevitably cheating you of your fat loss goals. Whole grains can be planted in the ground and they will grow. So why can’t cereal be planted in the ground and grown? You guessed it…It’s processed and a lot of the nutrients and vitamins are synthetically fortified into the cereals.

Flours, meals, etc have all been processed and their structure has been changed and therefore do not meet a “whole food” standard.  Whole foods are fruits and vegetables. Think your garlic  and onions left in the fridge too long count as whole foods as they begin to sprout. Fruits have seeds that can be planted in the ground and grown.

With grains, my advice is that when you do consume them to try and consume them as whole as possible. When I buy oats, I buy the big leaf, whole roalled oats instead of instant or processed quick oats. The closer to whole they are the better for you.

So how often can you eat whole grains? It’s definitely debatable, but have a look at one doctor’s opinion on the subject in his June, 2010 article entitled “Should I Eat Whole Grains Every Day?”

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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