The Rice Diet was first tested at Duke University in 1939. But the Thai people have known about the slimming power of rice for centuries.
I decided to try the low sodium rice diet as part of my five days on a diet experiment. It’s been several weeks since I tested a diet, so I was curious to see how rice would affect my hunger levels and weight. I liked the fact that I could stay on a gluten free diet on the rice diet plan.
The Rice Diet clinic is located in Durham, North Carolina. While I did not travel to the clinic, I did test out the at-home plan suggested by Woman’s World magazine. I was curious to see what the connection is between rice and weight loss.
Here are some tips for following the rice diet:
No 1: Eat less sodium. Since sodium stimulates appetite, the idea of the rice diet is to reduce sodium. I tried to stick to fewer than 500 mg of sodium a day.
No. 2: Stick to 1,000 to 1,200 calorie a day. I’m not endorsing the idea of eating only 1,000 calories a day, but it’s what I did to test out the rice diet plan.
No. 3: Avoid caffeine. The diet allows caffeine-free coffee and tea and water as well as a moderate amount of fat-free milk.
No. 4: Be creative about sodium-free spices on the rice diet plan. Without salt to season foods, I used a lot of lemon juice, mustards, herbs, spices and vinegar.
No. 5: Choose brown rice most of the time. I did enjoy white rice on occassion, but at home I tried to make brown rice to go with my rice diet recipes.
Rice Diet Menu: A typical rice diet menu includes 2/3 cup brown rice and 2 cups fruit for breakfast; 2/3 cup brown rice and 2 cups fruit for lunch and 2/3 cup brown rice and 2 cups fruit for dinner. With breakfast, the rice diet menu allows you to add yogurt or whole grain toast or high fiber cereal. With lunch you can add no-salt corn chips, 1 1/2 cup pasta with vegetables. For dinner, you can add 3 ounces of fish, turkey burger or chicken on the rice diet plan.
I personally found the suggested rice diet menu rather unappetizing. But I followed the rice diet plan. I recommend eating more rice if you are on a gluten free diet.
Results on the Rice Diet: After five days, I did not lose any weight.
The following week, I decided to simply add at least 1 cup of rice to my diet, either in the form of white or brown rice. But I ate the foods I found appetizing. My favorite rice diet recipes included a lot of stir-fry dishes with Bragg Amino acids, a natural soy sauce alternative. I also made rice diet recipes using Annie Chun’s Kung Pao Asian sauce.
With my new rice diet plan, I went back to my favorite Thai restaurant where I ate white rice, including chicken and rice soup. I had brown rice at my favorite Chinese restaurant.
After a week on my modified rice diet, I lost 2 pounds. I think the key is to eat more rice in your diet, but eat the rice with the healthy foods you like best. If you do better on a low-carb diet, 1 cup of brown rice a day is plenty. And you don’t need so many servings of fruit. I think there is definitely a connection between rice and weight loss as long as you are sensible!
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Source: Woman’s World magazine