The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Currents

July 30, 2013

Have your pasta and lose weight, too

Q: I love pasta. Can I eat it and still lose weight? I have several friends who have lost weight by cutting carbs, but I just can’t do it.

A: Yes! Of course you can eat pasta and lose weight, provided of course, you keep your portion size in check and it’s not stuffed with meat or smothered with cheese or Alfredo sauce.

Pasta oftentimes gets a bad rap. To get the most from your pasta, choose a whole-grain variety (look for “whole wheat” to be the first ingredient). By itself, whole grain pasta is a nutritious food. It contains almost no fat, cholesterol and sodium and is an excellent source of low glycemic carbohydrates. Foods with a low glycemic index are broken down slowly in the body and release their carbohydrate (glucose) gradually into the bloodstream. As a result, they can help you feel full longer after eating.

So, how much pasta can you eat if you’re trying to lose weight? Considering that one half-cup serving of cooked pasta (no sauce) has 104 calories, tread lightly with your portions. I am not suggesting you eat only half a cup of noodles — that’s not much. For a meal, I typically advise my weight loss clients to keep their portion of cooked pasta to 1 to 1.5 cups (women) and 1.5 to 2 cups (men).

The serving size of pasta on nutrition labels is given as a dry weight, so it can be hard to know how much to cook. In general, 2 oz. dry pasta equals 1 cup cooked pasta. To help with portion sizes, fill half of your plate with fruits or vegetables first. Then you can add your moderate portion of pasta and sauce. This helps to keep your servings in check and helps you feel satisfied while still being able to enjoy your meal.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Currents
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
NDN Video
Alicia Keys is Pregnant With Second Child Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom Did Jimmy Fallon Look Up Heidi Klum's Dress? 'Bachelorette' Star Nick Viall Talks Intimate Experience with Andi Dorfman Jessica Alba Sizzles on the Cover of Maxim Allison Williams Shares Peter Pan Throwback Pic Kim Kardashian Defends Brother Rob Against His Ex Adrienne Bailon Bradley Cooper And Sienna Miller Working Together Again You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2" Legs For Days! Megan Fox Rocks a Silver Mini Is Nick Viall Next for "The Bachelor"? Beyonce Fires Back at New Breakup Rumors No Man, No Problem! Katy Perry Talks Babies Jeah! See Ryan Lochte's 10,000 Calorie Diet "Guardians of Galaxy" Cast Shares Inside Scoop Allison Williams Will Star as Peter Pan in Live TV Broadcast Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Drew Barrymore's Half-Sister Found Dead Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Ariana Grande's Troubled Relationship With Father