Quinoa Weight Loss

For folks who decide to replace other foods with delicious healthy quinoa weight loss often follows. Why?

Think about it -- when you transition from another kind of food that’s high in fat or calories to quinoa... you’re switching to a food that’s…

Why do these things matter? Stick around and we’ll tell you all about how quinoa’s exceptional nutritional content can mean a slimmer, trimmer, healthier, and happier you!

By the end of this page you’ll know why for those who eat quinoa weight loss isn’t far behind!

Quinoa is low in calories

There are only 111 calories in ½ cup of cooked quinoa.

To give you some perspective, this is less than a medium white baked potato or two slices of white bread.

I’ve heard dieticians say that the number-one factor in gaining or losing weight is your calorie intake. Take-in fewer calories, lose weight. Take-in more, gain it back. It’s pretty simple.

But beside quinoa’s low caloric value, it’s also low in fat...

Quinoa has little fat content

There are only 2 grams of fat in ½ cup of cooked quinoa.

And almost 90% of that fat is what we’d consider “good fat.” That is, it’s non-saturated.

So you don’t want to put on any fat? Eat quinoa! It’s low in fat. And the fat it does contain is good for you.

It looks like quinoa’s on a roll! Are you starting to see how when you start eating quinoa weight loss is practically inevitable?

Let’s continue and see how quinoa performs in the area of carbohydrates.

Quinoa is low in net carbs

There’s a reason you hear so much about low-carb diets. They tend to work. And by “work” I mean they help people lose weight.

½ cup of cooked quinoa contains only 20 grams of total carbohydrates and 17 grams of net carbs.

Why is the amount of total carbohydrates different from the amount of net carbs? The answer has to do with the amount of fiber found in quinoa...

Quinoa is high in fiber

½ cup of cooked quinoa has 3 grams of fiber.

How is that helpful in losing weight? Well, fiber adds bulk and keeps you full longer. So when you’re eating foods that are high in fiber you should be able to eat less and still stay full.

And lastly let’s talk about gluten...

Quinoa is gluten-free

I’ve personally experienced the beneficial effect of completely cutting gluten from my diet.

There was a time when I felt tired and sluggish every day. Finally someone recommended I stop eating wheat. I did… and I lost 20 pounds! For me, the weight wasn’t the biggest deal. I just wanted to feel better. But hey, I’m not opposed to losing weight as a fringe benefit!

I’ve heard of this happening to other people, too. Drop the wheat, drop the weight.

So if you want to trim-down, seriously consider substituting quinoa where you would otherwise use wheat or oats.

It may take some adjusting, but I’m sure you’ll think it’s worth it when you're looking and feeling incredible.

What now?

If you like what you’ve heard about quinoa’s nutritional value, read some more at our Quinoa Nutrition page.

And maybe you have a quinoa weight loss story you’d like to tell everyone about. Go ahead and leave a comment below!

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