Fun fact: Oats was seen as barbaric animal food by ancient Greeks and Romans. They were soon overthrown by oat-eating Germanic tribes that popularized this whole grain as a human staple.
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Is it that time of the year already? The time when you feel you’ve overdone the indulgence foods, when your flapping belly can no longer be reined in by a breathless tummy tuck, when you feel it’s time to get serious about getting your weight in control? Digging for the right info…
…can be quite the task.
Let’s break it down.
The mention of weight loss immediately brings to mind diet and exercise. And when you think of a healthy diet, you probably think…
Let’s focus on oatmeal for now.
Being an extremely hardy plant, oats have survived and emerged as a staple food over different cultures, centuries, and generations. Yes, it an economical breakfast food. But how has it made its way up to the top of diet charts?
Before digging deeper, if you’re wondering what oatmeal water is, it’s nothing but oats soaked and blended with water into a nutritious drink. It is different from oatmeal porridge in that it is not cooked in boiling water.
What’s it about oatmeal water that makes it weight-friendly?
1. It supports the liver. Oatmeal contains amino acids that help the liver produce lecithin, a type of phospholipid (nothing but a “decorated” fatty acid). The liver uses lecithin to transport fats out of the liver to the stomach for digestion. Simply put, oatmeal prevents you from developing a fatty liver and suffering liver damage.
By supporting the liver’s detox function, oatmeal helps ensure that dietary fats are digested and not stored and keeps your body toxin-free.
2. It is low in calories. Being abundant in nutrition (healthy fats, B vitamins, iron, calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium) and low in calories, oatmeal helps you feel fuller longer. So you won’t feel the need to sporadically walk around the house scrounging for food to binge on every 2 hours.
A not-perpetually-hungry you equals a slimmer you.
3. It is rich in dietary fiber. The fibers in oatmeal help scrape out fat deposits sitting pretty on your intestinal wall. Fat is just dragged along…
Oatmeal, thus, helps keep your digestive system up and running.
4. It is a natural diuretic. For a lot of people (read: not-so-slim people), most of their a-bit-too-curvy curves can be attributed to excess water retained in the body. Yes, water! And oatmeal to the rescue for that too!
Being a diuretic, oats support kidney function and help in the efficient removal of excess body water as urine.
Not convinced enough?
- Substituting an unhealthy breakfast with a healthy one containing oatmeal water is already one-third of the battle won in your weight-loss diet plan. (Three meals a day. One is breakfast. Get the math?)
- Oatmeal water is a convenient go-to snack when the pre-evening hunger pangs kick in.
- In addition to fitting into those stashed away figure hugging jeans from ten years ago, you will be protecting your heart, controlling your blood sugar and cholesterol, decreasing your doctor’s visits by boosting your immune system, and lowering your risks of cancer in the long run. Oatmeal helps do all of this.
Now are you convinced?
Great! Now this is what you’ll need to know…
How To Make Oatmeal Water
You will need 1 cup oatmeal, 3 cups water, 1 cinnamon stick (or 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder), and 2 teaspoons honey for added sweetness (optional). You may also use any other low-calorie sweetener.
When should you drink it?
Begin your day with a couple of swigs of oatmeal water. One glass on an empty stomach is advised. You may also use it to wash down food as a supplement to your main meals (lunch and dinner).
You can store oatmeal water in the fridge for up to a week.
Know Your Oats
Rule of thumb: The less processed the oats, the more fiber they retain, and the more the benefits you can reap from them.
Cheers to healthier times!