19 March 2021

Rice Diet: Everything You Need to Know

There are tons of diet plans out there geared to not only help you lose weight, but to help with underlying health conditions, like high blood pressure or even diabetes. However, for those who are looking for a diet plan that has shown to be great with weight loss, they may want to look at the rice diet.

What is the rice diet?

The rice diet was started as a way to treat heart disease and hypertension, however, it also aids in weight loss. With this plan, you eat rice and fresh fruits and vegetables. Every day you get a serving of starch, nonfat dairy, fruits and vegetables. Then it has phases in terms of how many calories that you can eat, starting with 800 a day and gradually increasing to 1200 per day.

Does the rice diet work?

Due to the way that the rice diet works, it is considered a high effort diet to stick to. However, sticking to this diet can help you lose weight. Studies found that when coupled with an exercise routine, this diet does help you to lose weight since you are taking in less calories and foods that are healthier for you.

Rice diet plan sample

For those who want to give the rice diet a try, here is a sample plan of what you would eat:

Breakfast Ideas:

  1. 1 cup of cooked oatmeal, one cup of strawberries and a small orange
  2. 1 slice of toast, 1 cup of raspberries and 1 cup of low-fat Greek yogurt
  3. 1 small banana, 1 cup of whole-grain cereal, 1 cup of low-fat milk, 1 tablespoon of walnuts

Lunch Ideas:

  1. 2 cups of steamed asparagus, ½ cup of cooked rice, ½ cup of cooked black beans
  2. ½ cup of cooked rice, ½ cup of pinto beans, 1 cup of carrots, 1 cup of celery and 1 cup of pineapple
  3. ½ cup of cooked rice, ½ cup black beans, 1 cup of blueberries and 1 cup of melon

Dinner Ideas:

  1. 1 cup of cooked quinoa, 1 cup of sliced apples and kiwi
  2. ½ cup of cooked quinoa, 1 cup of carrots, 1 cup of celery and 1 cup of pineapple
  3. 1 cup of green beans, ½ cup of cooked quinoa and 3 ounces of salmon

Snack:

  1. A small apple
  2. 1 cup of blueberries
  3. 1 cup of pineapple

Photo by Kalyani Akella on Unsplash

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