Here’s how to include basmati rice in your rice diet if you’re trying to reduce belly fat  |  Photo Credit: Thinkstock
New Delhi: For those of us who grew up eating rice as the main staple, there’s nothing more palatable and filling than a rice bowl with – most often chicken or fish, or of mixed green vegetables. Perhaps, if you’re trying to lose a few pounds and love eating rice, take heart! Rice, particularly basmati rice, can be a great addition to your weight loss diet. In fact, the Rice Diet was once popular to help people lose weight and manage some health conditions.
According to Diets in Review, the ultra low-fat meal plan – Rice Diet – was developed in 1939 to help boost weight loss and treat patients with certain conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Rice is the staple food in many parts of the world, especially Asian countries, including India. It is naturally low in sodium and has no cholesterol or trans fats. Studies have shown that eating either white or brown rice everyday can promote healthier diets as it leads to increased feelings of fullness. Brown rice, in particular, is rich in fibre and antioxidants, hence, the effect on weight loss is pretty well-known. Read – Weight loss: 5 daily household chores that will help you burn calories and flatten your tummy