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Eat potatoes to lose weight. Yes, LOSE weight!

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After rice, potatoes top the list of foods to be avoided if you are on a weight loss diet. But by doing so, you might lose out on the most simple and easy way to lose weight. While French fries and wedges are not a healthy option to initiate your flab-to-fit journey, potatoes can help you shed those extra kilos. Here’s how.

Low in calories

Contrary to popular belief, potatoes are low in calories (unless you fill your plate with fried stuff). Did you know eating 10 gms of boiled potatoes gives you just 10 calories? Hence, eating a bowl (100 gms) of boiled potatoes in your breakfast or during your lunch not only fills your stomach but amounts to only 100 calories. Not a bad bet!

High in complex carbohydrates

Not many people know that potatoes are a rich source of complex carbohydrates that cause slow release of sugar at regular intervals. And hence, when you eat potatoes you are more likely to feel full (due to a constant release of glucose). This in turn reduces your hunger cravings and prevents you from putting on weight (due to eating more). Here’s a sample weight loss diet plan by an expert dietician.

Packs a nutrient punch

100 gms of potatoes provides you around 1.6 gms of proteins, just 0.1 gm of fats and 0.4 gm of fibre. Not only are they rich in iron and vitamin C, but they are also high in potassium and low in sodium, perfect for people suffering from hypertension planning to lose weight. It has a low glycemic index as compared to bread and rice, making it a healthy food option for diabetics as well.

Tasty and easy to cook

It goes without saying that potatoes are the easiest and quick to cook, as compared to other vegetables. But this doesn’t mean you deep fry them or cook them in butter or ghee. Make sure you opt for healthier gravies, potato cutlet (shallow fried) or potato salad. Beware of potato chips, aloo paratha and potato sandwich as they might weigh you down rather than aiding in weight loss. Read to know more about the calorie count of potatoes and their dishes.

So don’t ditch this humble vegetable from your weight loss regimen, instead eat it in a healthy way to reap numerous health benefits. And yes, losing weight doesn’t get easier than this!

Disclaimer text TheHealthSite.com does not guarantee any weight loss through this method as the results may vary from person to person. We recommend you consult your nutritionist and physician before following any of the tips suggested here.


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