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August 29, 2011 5:20 PM
I want to be on a diet that is going to give me the best results, but of course you have to eat everything in moderation! What exactly is so bad with eating pasta? I hear everyone say that you should stay away from pasta at all costs, but if you eat it in moderation, whats so wrong?

EDIT: the topic was suppose to say "whole wheat"
Edited by Healthy_Hannah483 On August 29, 2011 5:21 PM
August 29, 2011 5:22 PM
Yes, it is ok. Whole wheat is best, in general.
August 29, 2011 5:24 PM
I think it's ok to eat pasta. Pasta takes up a huge amount of carbs so if you pre-plan and factor it into your day, there is no reason why you can't eat pasta.
August 29, 2011 5:25 PM
I'm a vegetarian and a carb lover in general. I eat tons of pasta and have still managed to lose 65 pounds.
August 29, 2011 5:27 PM
I eat whole wheat pasta once a week or so, and I plan it into my day (fewer carbs at other meals) and always eat it with protein. I've lost an average of more than 2 pounds per week, so it hasn't hindered my loss. Each body seems to handle carbs differently, though.
August 29, 2011 5:28 PM
I try to avoid pasta because your body best processes carbs when you eat them in portions of less than 23 grams per meal/serving. This is for WEIGHT LOSS purposes, not for body building or sports nutrition. Whole wheat pasta is healthier, but it still provides large amounts of carbs for the size of the serving and once you add the sauces, it's even worse. Since I have made this change, I find that I do not crave bread and pasta nearly as much as I did at one time. I never thought I would shake the cravings, but I'm amazed that I haven't had pasta in months now and am now averaging almost a pound a week in weight loss.
August 29, 2011 5:29 PM
i agree with the above positive comments. there are many great pastas out there! whole wheat, brown rice pasta, whole grain pastas, high fiber pastas even have garbonzo beans in the mix.

find one with a decent fiber content and it is a great compex carb that your body will love.

I think it gets the bad rap cause we all tend to eat way too much (1cup cooked - loosely packed is approx 200 cals)......

and I guess my last choice would be plain ole regular cheap pasta cause that's just semolina flour.....but ya know, different strokes!!! Just build it into your calorie total!

Best of Luck! Ciao!
August 29, 2011 5:31 PM
Its one of those white carbs that spikes your insulin which in turn makes you feel hungry.

whole wheat doesnt spike insulin as much.

I totally advocate eating everything as long as you're within your calorie count. HOWEVER, simple carbs DO make you feel hungrier sooner! However, if eaten with protein, to cut the GI, its not so bad bigsmile
August 29, 2011 5:33 PM
I don't like whole wheat pasta. To me it just doesn't cook right. I it the white pasta and just eat a little.
August 29, 2011 6:55 PM
I love pasta but I try to limit it to once a week and only 1 cup at a time.
August 31, 2011 7:24 AM
Thanks everyone for your advice!
August 31, 2011 7:31 AM
Sure, eat it and enjoy it. Just make sure you have a sauce with lots if good nutrition ( for me that means lots if veggies) and watch your portion size.
August 31, 2011 7:37 AM
Have you ever tried sprouted wheat pasta? Reasons to try it: Sprouting activates food enzymes; sprouting increases vitamin content, and sprouting neutralizes antinutrients like phytic acid which bind up minerals preventing your ability to fully absorb them. It contains four times the amount of niacin and nearly twice the amount of vitamin B6 and folate as unsprouted wheat. It contains more protein and fewer starches than non-sprouted grain and it is lower on the glycemic index if you are suffering from blood sugar issues. That is my health rant for the day!
August 31, 2011 7:54 AM
I eat brown rice pasta about once a week and am still losing weight. I get to live gluten free and gained a lot of my weight when I "discovered" all the gluten free pastas and baked goods around now that did not exist unless I made them years ago. My husband likes the flavor of corn pasta so we have that about once a month and I limit how much I eat.
August 31, 2011 8:12 AM
It's OK to eat anything at all.

Some things are more healthy for you than others, but in the end, it all comes down to calories.

What you may find, as I do, is that eating carbohydrates will make you hungry soon after eating them. I think this is because the carbs are quickly converted to sugar, so your blood sugar level spikes, and then quickly crashes. When it crashes, you feel hungry again.

A low-carb diet doesn't do anything for you calorie wise that any other kind of diet won't do for you. But it stabilizes your blood sugar levels, curbing intense feelings of hunger, making it easier to maintain the discipline of controlling what you eat.

August 31, 2011 8:16 AM
No food is the culprit here so you can still eat pastas while losing weight. In fact there's not much difference in number of calories between whole wheat & refined pasta however the big differences are the fiber content & the GI. Since whole wheat foods are packed with fiber, it makes you feel fuller easier & for longer than eating a refined white pasta so this prevents you from getting a second or third servings of pasta.
August 31, 2011 8:47 AM
I eat maybe a cup of pasta twice a week. But I buy the tri-colored vegetable fusilli pasta with a light but healthy pasta sauce.
August 31, 2011 10:57 AM
Yes, pasta (with red sauce...not white sauce) is the ultimate leptin normalizer! That and sherbert ice-cream!
August 31, 2011 11:02 AM
Pasta is very high in calories. Compared with potatoes its three times as much calories. That means that if you eat 100 g of pasta, for the same amount of calories you can eat almost 350 grams of potatoes.

It totally depends of how much youve been used to eating. Me myself have to still eat a lot or ill go crazy, I rather eat more potates then little pasta, if you get what im trying to say.
August 31, 2011 11:27 AM
Yes. I believe it is less about what you eat and more about eating less and moving more. But this is just an opinion and worth what you have paid for it. smile
August 31, 2011 11:31 AM
My healthy diet has had plenty of room for pasta! I probably eat pasta 3-4 nights a week (sometimes more) and I haven't had any trouble losing weight. I don't eat whole wheat pasta either - I either eat regular semolina pasta or if I'm feeling extra healthy, I'll eat Barilla Plus.

A two ounce serving of pasta has about 200 calories. I find that very easy to fit into my daily goals.
August 31, 2011 11:32 AM
I eat whole wheat pasta - not everyday, but I do eat it.

Just make sure you measure it out and eat the serving size of it. :)
August 31, 2011 11:35 AM
Eat it in moderation. I never had issues.
August 31, 2011 11:36 AM

I don't like whole wheat pasta. To me it just doesn't cook right. I it the white pasta and just eat a little.

Agreed. I eat brown rice, whole wheat bread, fat free dairy, etc, so I am not opposed to eating the stuff that is good for you. I tried whole wheat pasta several times, and I just don't like it. It was a weird texture and taste. Yuck. I eat the regular pasta or none at all.
August 31, 2011 11:39 AM
i eat whole wheat pasta and have done just fine. the problem people have with it...the serving size isnt huge, so just be careful of your portion size

another good one...thats made from beans and isnt chewy like whole wheat pasta is...Barilla Plus...try it...its yummy!
Edited by lindsay6694 On August 31, 2011 11:41 AM


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