Pasta… for weight loss? You have to wonder who’s dishing out this diet advice.
My guess is it’s an “expert” by the name of Chef Boyardee!
But that’s the latest noodle nonsense making headlines, as a new study claims that it’s OK to eat pasta while on a diet.
Macaroni-brained scientists claim that having pasta three or four times a week won’t sabotage your weight loss, despite all of those empty carbs.
The analysis of 32 clinical trials even claims that you can still LOSE weight while eating pasta every other day!
But you can’t scarf lasagna like Garfield and expect to lose weight. You can’t even share a plate of spaghetti like Lady and the Tramp.
The study that’s making this wild claim about the magical fat-burning powers of pasta didn’t use anything close to a realistic portion size.
Just 2 ounces.
I did the measuring for you, and that comes out to 24 pieces of rigatoni — enough for a side dish, not a meal.
Now, I’m not saying that portion sizes SHOULD be bigger.
But when’s the last time you saw someone sit down for Pasta Night and eat just 2 ounces?
Obviously, if you eat out of a thimble, you’ll lose weight no matter what’s inside. That’s just math: Fewer calories in means more fat out.
That’s what happened here in “the spaghetti diet.”
These reduced portions led to a little weight loss — and when I say “a little,” I mean it.
Once researchers did the math on all 32 trials and nearly 2,500 people, they found that this pasta-based diet will help you lose a whole entire pound over 12 weeks.
And let’s get realistic here: Even if the folks in the study lost 10 pounds on a noodle diet, that wouldn’t make it the best way to lose weight.
It wouldn’t even make it a GOOD way to lose weight.
You might be thinner… but you won’t be healthier. Not by any stretch of the noodle.
Pasta is a blood sugar bomb that causes quick spikes in glucose, triggering the cycle that can ultimately lead to insulin resistance and even diabetes if it happens too often.
Those sugar spikes and dips can also trigger hunger and cravings during and after eating, making it even harder to commit to those smaller portions. That undermines your weight loss and eventually triggers weight gain.
That’s why this study doesn’t change a thing as far as I’m concerned. If you’re looking to drop a few pounds and get healthy, give up the pasta.