Q&A: Is Pasta Off-Limits if You're Trying to Lose Weight?
Q: I'm trying to lose weight. Should I cut pasta from my diet? - Bryan, St. Louis
A: With all the hype about low-carb diets, pasta and other carbohydrates get a bad rep when it comes to weight loss. Carbohydrates are the body’s main energy source, and it's important to eat them at each meal to maintain a balanced diet.
Just keep in mind two key factors: portion size and carbohydrate type. A good rule of thumb is to limit your amount of carbs with each meal and snack to no larger than a fistful in size. This could be a fistful of whole wheat pasta with dinner or a piece of fruit the size of your fist as a snack.
Here are a few examples of balanced meals with carbohydrates (portions vary for individuals):
- Breakfast: 1 cup of cereal with 4 ounces of milk, and 4 egg whites
- Snack: 1 tangerine and 1 string cheese
- Lunch: 1 turkey sandwich on whole grain bread with lettuce, tomato, and 1/6 of an avocado
- Snack: 1 apple with 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter
- Dinner: 5 ounces of salmon, 1 cup of brown rice, and 1 cup of broccoli
- Post-workout Snack: 1 glass of chocolate milk and a banana
About The Author
Denise Barry – As a registered dietitian, Denise Barry focuses on ensuring proper nutrition for optimal performance.