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6 Ways Your Oatmeal Could Be Making You Gain Weight
We're all for filling up at breakfast—but eating too much of anything at any meal can leave you feeling uncomfortably full and lead to weight gain.
Fix it:One half cup of dry oats should yield the proper serving size, about one cup of cooked oats. If that's still not appeasing your hungry eyes, try scooping it into a smaller bowl, says registered dietitian Jennifer Bowers, PhD. "One cup of oatmeal in a smaller bowl can look more satisfying than in a big bowl."
The culinary-minded might tell you the creamiest oatmeal is made with milk, and that it simply won't fill you up when it's made with water. But if you're making your oats with milk and, say, adding nuts or experimenting with a savory oatmeal and adding avocado, you could quickly surpass your desired calorie count in fat alone, even if it is the good-for-you kind.
Fix it:Take stock of how filling you find your oatmeal. "Oatmeal is so dense, I think it'll keep you full for a long time even if you make it with water," Suriano says. "If you feel too hungry quickly after breakfast, that's when I recommend adding fat." Try cooking your oats with water, she says, and adding just a splash of milk (whether you prefer dairy or an alternative) in your bowl for creaminess without overdoing it.
If you're already eating oatmeal for its health benefits, you're probably not mixing in straight table sugar. But you might still be dabbling in brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup–which, sadly, aren't all that different once they're inside our bodies. "Sugar is sugar is sugar once it's being digested," Suriano says. "The body ultimately uses it the same way." (Syrups aren't the only things with sugar. Here are 6 secret sugar bombs you should stop buying.)
Fix it:Look for a source of sweetness that also provides other nutrients, Suriano says. She swears by sweetening her oatmeal with half a banana. "It adds potassium and more fiber instead of just sugar," she says. Pureed dates work well, too, she says. Or, try calorie-free flavor. Suriano's favorites are a dash of cinnamon or a drop of vanilla extract.
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