After years of Atkins, South Beach and Paleo-inspired diets, it seems like carbs might finally be making a much anticipated comeback. And our bread, rice and oat-loving selves say it’s about time.
A new study from Tufts University in Massachusetts revealed that when it comes to weight loss, eating a diet that includes whole grains could actually help us to maintain a trim figure. Quinoa bowls for everyone!
To be fair, the study didn’t compare low-carb diets with carb-filled ones, per se. It divided a group of individuals into two: each group ate only meals that were given to them, but one group had refined grains (white flour and rice, for example) while the other was served whole grains.
After eight weeks, those in the latter group began to burn up to 100 calories more per day compared to those in the first group. Why? Well it seems as though the extra fibre in whole grains helped them to discard more fecal waste and keep their systems going, but their resting metabolic rates were also higher than those in the first group.
“We provided all food to ensure that the composition of the diets differed only in grain source. The extra calories lost by those who ate whole grains was equivalent of a brisk 30 min walk — or enjoying an extra small cookie every day in terms of its impact,” said the study’s senior author Susan B. Roberts.
Overall, Roberts and her team followed 81 men and women aged 40 to 65, and while they noticed the increased burn, so to speak, there was no difference to note when it came to the participants’ diet satisfaction and whether they felt full or hungry after their meals. (Each meal plan was also customized to the specific person’s daily caloric needs.)
So there you have it: If you want to lose weight, you’ll definitely still need to stick to a meal plan, but that meal plan should absolutely include whole grains. Canada’s food Guide recommends six or seven servings per day if you’re a Canadian female aged 19-50, and eight of them if you’re a male.
Now excuse us while we go dig into that turkey sandwich… with whole grain bread, of course.