Oats have been a staple of the human diet for thousands of years. Still, many people wonder, “Is oatmeal good for you when trying to lose weight?”
In this article, the experts at The Soulfull Project explain how oatmeal can improve your health (and actually help you lose weight!) when included as part of a balanced diet.
We’ll also let you in on how you can be a part of The Soulfull Project’s unique community efforts to supply servings of our hot cereal to food banks in your area.
Is Oatmeal Good For You When Trying To Lose Weight?
The short answer is, yes, oatmeal — as part of a balanced diet — is good for you when you’re trying to shed some pounds.
1) Still Full After All This Time
Oatmeal is a fairly dense food, so it takes a while for your stomach to digest it. In addition, the high levels of fiber in oatmeal and hot cereal help regulate the release of hunger hormones inside your body.
Put those two facts together and it means that you’ll feel full long after eating a serving or two of oatmeal, and you won’t be as tempted to snack on sugary foods between meals.
That’s good news for weight-loss goals!
2) Healthy Heart, Healthy Weight
Heart disease is one of the most common health issues on the planet. The contributing factor in the majority of those cases? High blood cholesterol.
The fiber in oats and oatmeal performs three essential, heart-healthy activities in your body:
- Reduces total circulating cholesterol in your blood
- Reduces low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels
- Prevents LDL from oxidizing when it comes in contact with free radicals
That’s why we recommend hearty oatmeal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner as part of a balanced diet.
It’s also why we at the Soulfull Project dedicate our time and energy to providing healthy food to those who often go without. For every serving you purchase, we donate a serving of our Four Grain Hot Cereal to a regional food bank in your area.
3) No More Blood Sugar Blues
Type 2 diabetes is a common disease in the United States that results from a decrease in sensitivity to the hormone insulin.
Oatmeal may help lower blood sugar levels and even improve insulin sensitivity in those who are overweight or suffer from type 2 diabetes.
Our Quick Cook Irish Oatmeal — as part of a routine including a balanced diet and regular exercise — is a tasty way to a healthy body and a happy life!
All The Good Stuff, None Of The Bad
There’s a reason humans have been eating oatmeal in one form or another for so long: it’s naturally good for us!
In this section, we’ll examine some of the aspects of oatmeal that make it such a nutritious meal anytime…even when trying to lose weight.
1) All 3 Macros In One Place
Every healthy diet requires three essential macronutrients:
- Healthy Fat
All foods fall into one (or, at most, two) of these categories. Fruits and vegetables are primarily carbohydrates. Beef, chicken, pork, and fish are protein. Nuts and seeds are fat.
Oats — and, by extension, oatmeal — contain all three macronutrients in one easy-to-use package.
For example, The Soulfull Project’s Tart Cherry Multigrain Hot Cereal (made with real oats and other grains) contains 44g of carbohydrates (including 7g of fiber), 8g of protein, and 4g of healthy fat.
You’d have to eat a slice of meat, a veggie, and some nuts to get the same combination of macronutrients as a single serving of oatmeal or hot cereal.
That’s a lot of nutrition in one bowl!
2) Vitamins And Minerals Galore
Within each macronutrient are the micronutrients we know as vitamins and minerals. Your body needs these organic and inorganic substances to function correctly and maintain a healthy weight.
Most foods contain a few vitamins and minerals — which is why we have to eat a varied, balanced diet to get them all — but some foods contain a larger variety than others.
For example, The Soulfull Project’s Brown Sugar Pecan Multigrain Hot Cereal contains vitamin C, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and manganese.
Add in your favorite extras — including fruits, vegetables, and nuts — to get even more micronutrients in a single serving of oatmeal or hot cereal.
3) No Free Radicals In Here
Free radicals are unstable atoms that damage cells and act as the primary cause of aging and illness. Antioxidants, on the other hand, are natural chemicals found in food that help your body eliminate free radicals.
What food contains high levels of antioxidants? You guessed it — oatmeal!
In fact, oatmeal is one of the few foods that contain the antioxidant avenanthramide. That makes oatmeal (and hot cereal made with oats) a powerful ally in maintaining both a healthy body and a healthy weight.
4) A Boost For Your Gut
Gut health is an important variable in the fight to lose weight and keep it off for good. And fiber plays a significant role in keeping your gut healthy.
Oats and oatmeal contain beta-glucan, a powerful water-soluble fiber that provides many health benefits you can’t get anywhere else.
Chief amongst those benefits is its ability to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in your gut.
These bacteria assist with digesting and absorbing the food you eat, making the whole process more efficient and beneficial for your body and brain. When your body and brain get the fuel they need to function at 100%, losing weight becomes a much easier prospect.
The Soulfull Project’s Hearty Grains And Seeds Hot Cereal, for example, contains 27g of carbohydrates, 6g of protein, 3.5g of healthy fat, and a whopping 8g of dietary fiber.
That’s all the essentials for a healthy body, mind, and weight!
Look For The Gluten-Free Icon
Gluten sensitivity — and the more serious gluten intolerance (i.e., celiac disease) — is a very real condition for millions of people around the world.
For them, the protein gluten found in wheat, rye, barley, and triticale causes digestive tract irritation and can lead to more serious conditions, including chronic fatigue, anemia, and osteoporosis.
That can seriously hinder any weight-loss efforts.
Oats, however, are naturally gluten-free. Oatmeal made with these pure oats is gluten-free as well, meaning you don’t have to let a gluten sensitivity stop you from including oatmeal in your balanced diet as a way to lose weight.
Look for the gluten-free stamp on many of The Soulfull Project’s oatmeals and hot cereals, including:
- Apple Cinnamon Multigrain Hot Cereal
- Brown Sugar Pecan Multigrain Hot Cereal
- Cinnamon Spice Multigrain Hot Cereal – 5 Pack
- Quick Cook Irish Oatmeal Hot Cereal
This seal ensures that the meal you’re eating is as gluten-free as possible.
Get Healthy With Hot Cereal
Oatmeal is delicious and nutritious all by itself. But for an even bigger boost to your health and weight-loss goals, try a hot cereal from the Soulfull Project.
No matter which hot cereal you choose, you’ll get hearty and healthy ingredients, including:
These extras add a tasty and vitamin-packed kick to your morning routine that will help you power through to lunch and beyond — without snacking on junk food in-between meals and disrupting your weight-loss efforts!
If that weren’t incentive enough, you’ll also be helping out those in need in your community. Remember, for every serving you purchase, The Soulfull Project will donate a serving of our Four Grain Hot Cereal to a food bank in your area.
We’re making a better world, one serving at a time. You can help!
To get more information on the serving-for-serving program and check out all of our delicious oatmeal and hot cereal flavors — visit TheSoulfullProject.com today.