Whenever we think of dieting, we always say “I’ll reduce my rice intake.” Or we’ll say, “I’ll eat half cup of rice only to lose weight.” But is rice really the culprit of weight gain?

Cooked rice is very rich in carbohydrate that provides us the needed energy for our daily activities. When taken into moderation, rice will supply us the needed calories for our body to burn. That is why rice is the staple food of more than half the world’s population. In addition, rice is also low in fat and no sodium.

But why rice is always being blamed as the cause of many who are overweight. Primarily, when taken in excessive amounts, the carbohydrate content in rice is being filed up in your body. Accompanied by less exercise, these are not converted into energy.  Most often than not, we also added too much variety on our cooked rice by incorporating other ingredients like that of the fried rice.  These all made as overweight.

A cup of cooked rice has about 200 to 250 calories depending on type and variety. This is typically enough for us to burn immediately on just simple routine activities. It is in fact other foods we eat that made up the bulk of our weight gain like foods that are high in sugar, salt and fats.

So, why do we need to reduce our cooked rice intake if you just consume two to three cups of rice a day? Why not just reduce your meat intake or sugary food intake like ice cream or soft drinks.

Clearly, rice is not the culprit of weight gain.