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How to Cook Rice So It Has Half the Calories

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Cutting calories, like taking the stairs and getting enough sleep, is just one part of an overall healthy lifestyle. But there’s no denying that cutting calories can be a challenge to stick to, especially when fewer calories means smaller portions. That’s why Volumetric diet plan foods — lower-calorie meals that are just as filling as the traditional dishes — are so helpful. Researchers have even found a way to turn white rice into a Volumetric-friendly food just by changing the way you cook it.

Believe it or not, you’ll actually slash rice calories in half when you follow these Volumetric cooking instructions. Normally, rice gets turned into glycogen in your body, which is a fantastic post-workout recovery fuel for your muscles if you’re putting in hours at the gym. But if this glycogen isn’t used by your body, it converts to glucose, which is then stored in your body as fat. Researchers have found a way to convert the starch in rice into resistant starch — a type that earns its name by resisting digestion and passing through the gut unprocessed. Essentially, it fills you up with calories that your body cannot use. It gets better if you replace just 5.4 percent of your daily carb intake with sources of resistant starch, such as rice cooked in this genius method, uncooked rolled oats, and slightly green bananas. You could potentially boost your fat burn by 20 to 30 percent!

Ready to get started? Here’s your new go-to rice cooking technique:

  1. Add 1 tsp. of coconut oil to boiling water.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of rice.
  3. Boil for 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. Refrigerate for 12 hours.

Don't worry, this doesn’t mean you have to eat your rice cold! The resistant starch created in this cooking process will remain even if you reheat the rice. It may take a little extra planning to enjoy rice this way, but we say it’s well worth the wait time for a filling and delicious meal.

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