If you are on a diet and yet struggling to lose weight, it is pretty clear that you need to get rid of your poor food choices. Most importantly, you need to bid goodbye to your junk food buddies and embrace the organic and REAL foods in their place.
Nevertheless, no matter how much we monitor our food consumption habits, one or two bad foods almost always manage to sneak past our sharp eyes. One such food is the innocuous rice cake.
Yep, rice cake is one food which is usually eaten by wannabe loss strugglers, especially those who are dieting. They believe rice cakes are low on calories. Funny enough, they seem to be ignorant of the fact that this “low-calorie” food is preventing them from losing fast.
Calories are not the only thing
These people make such poor food choices because almost always they think in terms of “calories”. They feel that in order to lose weight, all they need to do is to reduce their total calorie intake. Now, calorie-wise speaking, rice cakes are of course low on calorie. But if you wish to burn fat fast, they are harmful for you. They are equally bad if you wish to strengthen and tone up your muscles.
You see, when you are on a diet, you would inevitably feel hungry because you are eating much less food than you are used to. As a matter of fact, when you are dieting, you are actually eating the RIGHT amount of food. However, since your body is used to your overeating habits, it has difficulty in adjusting itself to your new food habits. Enter rice cakes.
How filling is a rice cake?
Have you noticed that with every lump of rice cake you put in your mouth, you get hungrier and bite on another cake? It is not actually your fault; rather, the inherent fault of rice cakes. Even though rice cakes are low on calorie, they don’t satiate you fully. They are just like any other light snack; you won’t feel satiated until after you have consumed a whole sack of rice cakes. I don’t think I need to tell you that overeating results in gain.
Does this mean that you could never eat rice cakes? Ideally, if you are serious about loss, you should snack only on those foods which are rich in fiber content, as they would fill you up quickly. Keep in mind that the less food you eat, the faster you would lose weight. But if you are addicted to rice cakes, you would never be able to control your food intake.
The only time you could have rice cakes is when your body is in serious NEED of carbohydrates. Normally, your body uses carbohydrates to produce energy. Usually, after a long and intense workout session, your body loses its carbohydrate storage. This is when it needs carbs the most, and you could replenish your body by eating rice cakes.
Generally, try to avoid rice cakes as much as you can and if ever you want to have them, never eat them except after a hard day’s workout or strenuous activity.