3 Reasons Eating Potatoes Will Help You Lose Weight.
You’ll struggle to find a vegetable that you can do more with than our beloved spud. You can roast them, chip them, slice them, mash them, boil them, bake them and even add them to soups, oh and they’re all delicious. Despite being an amazingly versatile vegetable, they’ve got a pretty bad name when it comes to Weight Loss. Here’s the truth, potatoes are not bad for you! When prepared & eaten in the right way they’re actually pretty healthy and they can help you boost weight loss.
YOU'LL FEEL FULLER FOR LONGER
We took a look at the Satiety Index (this measures how full people feel after eating certain food types.) Guess what? Boiled Potatoes actually top the charts as the number one filling food. They were found to be more than 7 x times more filling than croissants when consuming a 240 calorie serving of each, wow. If that’s not enough, in a study journal, US researchers found that people eating around 6 servings of healthy potato recipes each week lost weight.
One theory as to why they’re so filling is that they contain a protein called proteinase inhibitor which has been shown to evidently help supress the appetite. They also contain resistant starches which slow down digestion in the body, helping you feel fuller for longer.
POTATOES ARE ACTUALLY LOW IN CALORIES
A medium potato only contains around 150 calories, if you add cheese, beans and coleslaw then yes, the calories will shoot up but on their own they’re pretty low calorie. They also contain a special type of starch that is slower and harder for our body to digest so we don’t actually absorb all of the calories. The slow releasing energy from potatoes also helps to balance and regulate blood sugar levels. This helps avoid crashes or spikes in blood glucose that often leads to cravings for high calorie snacks.
THEY'RE ACTUALLY NUTRITIOUS
I bet you didn’t know that potatoes contain more potassium than bananas, which is essential for proper muscle function. Yes they are starchy, they’re a complex carbohydrate packed full of energy for the body. This only becomes a problem if you eat more carbohydrates than your body actually needs for energy, the result being, you’ll store it as fat. When consumed as part of a balanced diet, paired with lean protein and vegetables, they are essential in keeping you feeling satisfied and energised, in turn helping you lose weight.
So there you have it, think twice before ditching the new potatoes in place of an extra side salad, you may be setting yourself up to fail. Just don’t go wild on the triple-cooked fries and creamy, buttery mash.