Weight Loss: The “No Rice” Diet?

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We have all heard about this one. People staving away from rice (or nasi) in the hopes to lose weight. I wrote about the whole rice issue a while back. Now it works for some and probably doesn’t work for others but whatever the outcome, at the end of the day, its not rice at fault. Let me explain:

Why It Works

Now as all know that weight loss is about about calories – eating more than you need will lead to weight gain. Now cutting our rice completely adds up to about 500-600 calories per day (probably a decent average for most Asians or Malaysians). For say 500 calories per day, that works out to be 3,500/week or 15,000 calories/month. Now convert that to kgs, that’s 0.45kg or 1.95kg respectively. So clearly, as long as you are creating that kind of calorie deficit, you will lose weight.

Why It Does Not

There are two problems with the “no rice” diet. If you replace your rice with say breads, fruits or pasta, you are in fact not changing anything at all as they all are carbohydrate sources. The idea of getting rid of rice is all about getting rid of carbohydrates. Period! Secondly, rice is our staple food! For how long can you completely ignore rice? Sooner or later most people will go back to rice and if they don’t watch the quantity of rice, they will surely regain the weight again!

Verdict: The problem is not rice. Its the amount of rice or calories we consume. Rice is an important source of energy but again, we Malaysians eat too much rice. In a single serving you only need about a fistful of rice. That’s it! It is your choice to go on a “no rice” diet but at the end of the day, you need to make a decision that is based on know-how and not what is popular.

About Kevin Zahri

I am a US certified personal trainer and nutritionist with over 10 years experience. Over the years, I have published over 10 books, written for Men's Health, other fitness and lifestyle magazines, hosted TV shows and appeared on various TV shows, programs and magazines. I am also an avid corporate wellness speaker and web entrepreneur. More about me here or follow me on Facebook or Twitter.

  • http://twitter.com/iamRazzee @iamRazzee

    i ate rice (in a very small portion of course) 2 times perday and still losing 4kg every month. just make sure u understand the needs of ur body and always workout to burn calories.

    • http://kevinzahri.com/blog/ Kevin Zahri

      well said. I too eat rice 2x per day ….. its not the rice that is at fault … its everything you eat in total …. well total calories per day.

  • ilmamhakim

    hi kevin, i used to be an athelete. but since the day i broke my knee, i cant do the things that i used to(playing basketball)..eventhough its 2 years ago…and now i am really fat (89kg)…i tried to diet but i cant stick with the plan…please give me some advice..thanks!

    • http://kevinzahri.com/blog/ Kevin Zahri

      hello hakim,have you checked out my ebook?

  • Radiocaller

    What kind of food should we eat then, if bread is not a ready replacement?

  • anim malik

    i like to eat rice….BUT hving pblem wit my body to accept bcoz will fast to increase my weight…very fast…how to settle it problem?

  • sunshine teaxperiment

    you are right! the problem is not rice but how much we consume it!

    Some people thinks that if we avoid rice it will definitely help us lose weight which is true but if we replace rice by bread it’s still gonna give the same effect.People should be more informed before making choices. Try to watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V92wUegHpsU. It helped me clarify a lot of myths regarding weight loss.

  • http://www.facebook.com/funkymarb Marb Rivera

    Hi, how about substituting rice for let’s say, corn for example. Is this really an effective diet loss or didn’t change anything at all?

  • Hada Pelik

    agree with kevin, instead of replacing rice with bread or pasta, how about replacing it with oats.. Then again, eventually you will get tired eating oats all the time.. so its not about rice, but quantity of it..

  • Dila Rashid

    diet with no rice can lead to gastric or not ah? anyone please

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