Rice a good carb?

  • trl_

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    Nov 26, 2011 2:23 AM GMT
    I have been trying to use rice to gain weight since it's versatile and has a lot of calories and no fat. But is this a good carb to be incorporating? I want to make sure so I don't eat too much of it.
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    Nov 26, 2011 2:31 AM GMT
    Brown rice or white rice? You want good carb with low glycemic index. Oatmea,l brown rice, yams are good. Stay away from pasta white rice bread and sugar
  • trl_

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    Nov 26, 2011 2:32 AM GMT
    Damn it all I eat is white rice.

    I can never get this 'eating healthy' thing right lol
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    Nov 26, 2011 2:59 AM GMT
    White rice is fine. You're too skinny to be worrying about this type of stuff. But honestly, I wouldn't rely on rice only to gain mass. You're better off consuming a wide variety of complex carbs.
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    Nov 29, 2011 3:50 AM GMT
    trl_ saidDamn it all I eat is white rice.

    I can never get this 'eating healthy' thing right lol


    Yeah brown rice is only marginally better than white anyway (on the glycemic index) so stick with whatever you tastes better to you. I eat a lot of it myself.

    If you're looking to gain mass, definitely give milk a try. It has a perfect ratio of carbs to protein. Try a glass with every meal if you can.

    And don't worry too much about eating fat. I mean, don't go eat fried chicken every night, obviously. But eating foods that have moderate amounts of fat is good for you and will help you build muscle. Your body uses the fat to help produce testosterone.
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    Nov 29, 2011 3:50 AM GMT
    Brown rice is decent, I don't actually think white rice is much worse for you, but for me, I actually don't really see much of a difference flavor-wise, and actually prefer the taste and texture of brown. . .so that's just me, but if you prefer white, it won't kill you.
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    Nov 29, 2011 3:57 AM GMT
    Brown rice would be better just because it has more nutritional value. I like to make my calories count. In other words, if I'm going to eat something with a lot of calories or fat, it should have good nutritional content as well. Peanuts would be a good example - fatty but good protein and vitamins/minerals.

    I'm making a total leap here based on your height-to-weight ratio that you are probably someone with a very high metabolism. I don't know if rice is going to be enough to help you gain weight. I'm not a nutritionist, but I think that white rice is a very simple carb that a body like yours would burn through too quickly. My body type is the opposite, so I can't offer you help based on my own experiences. Other people with high metabolisms might be able to offer you some advice on what works for them. A nutritionist would also help if you can see one.
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    Nov 29, 2011 3:58 AM GMT
    Simple carbs burn faster, so if you experience spikes of energy and fatigue during the day you should watch your intake. Includes not only white rice and potatoes, but anything made with white flour (why a lot of people drag mid-afternoon after a big sandwich at lunchtime).

    It is all about how your body works.

    Full-fat greek-style yogurt would be another good option since it also has protein.
  • tuffguyndc

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    Nov 29, 2011 4:00 AM GMT
    trl_ saidI have been trying to use rice to gain weight since it's versatile and has a lot of calories and no fat. But is this a good carb to be incorporating? I want to make sure so I don't eat too much of it.
    NO its not. If I were you. I would do quinao and or sweet potatoes. If you just need to eat brown rice. I would even do whole wheat pasta before I did rice
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    Nov 29, 2011 4:00 AM GMT
    Yeah, too bad quinoa is kind of not so tasty.
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    Nov 29, 2011 4:05 AM GMT
    Believe me, I grew up on white rice... alls good until you hit 25! then the body seems to store it more into fat. Def a no no... switch to brown rice, more fibre, less than half the carbs (but still some so not to fret) and it fills you up longer.

    Totally worth it.
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    Nov 29, 2011 4:15 AM GMT
    i fcuking love white rice. 'nough said. icon_exclaim.gif
  • LJay

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    Nov 29, 2011 4:25 AM GMT
    Try bulgur. Tastier than brown rice and good in a pilaf. Sweet potatoes, apples, oranges, bananas, summer and winter squash, greens, carrots, beets, peaches, plums, rutabagas, turnips, whole wheat bread, cherries, raisins, onions, cabbage, baked potatoes with skins...

    Steaming and roasting the veggies makes them taste great and then you can season with herbs and a small amount of fat for flavor.

    Plenty of carbs there, but also plenty of flavor and that makes it a lot more fun to eat.

    If you want lean meat, try roasting eye of the round with lots of garlic stuffed into slits made in the roast, or pork tenderloin the same way. Both slice well when cold and are healthier that sandwich meat.

    You are really pretty lucky to have a slim build and an apparently high metabolism. You can really enjoy food! Lucky man.
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    Nov 29, 2011 4:55 AM GMT
    Growing up in an Asian family we would only eat 1 small bowl of white rice or occasionally brown rice. Not even a heaping bowl, and more like 1/2 the amount you would get at a run-of-the-mill Chinese-American restaurant. No seconds. Everything else on the table was fresh greens and root vegetables, fish, meat, clear soups. It was healthy and wholesome.
  • FRE0

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    Nov 30, 2011 6:02 AM GMT
    I eat a lot of pasta. It doesn't seem to be causing me any problems.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Nov 30, 2011 6:07 AM GMT
    trl_ saidI have been trying to use rice to gain weight since it's versatile and has a lot of calories and no fat. But is this a good carb to be incorporating? I want to make sure so I don't eat too much of it.



    General rule of thumb is stay away from the whites -- white rice, white pasta, white bread
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    Nov 30, 2011 6:50 AM GMT
    i mix canned fruit with whole wheat quick oats (oatmeal), dont cook it, just let it sit, and it soaks up tha juice, gotta use quick oats tho in 5 minutes its ready dunno if its wildly unhealthy or not, (but it's by far my favorite snack icon_smile.gificon_biggrin.gif
  • justineflake

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    Nov 30, 2011 7:01 PM GMT
    trl_ saidI have been trying to use rice to gain weight since it's versatile and has a lot of calories and no fat. But is this a good carb to be incorporating? I want to make sure so I don't eat too much of it.

    I don't think it is a good idea to eat rice to gain weight. If you really want to gain muscle weight you need to eat protein. These are many quick healthy meals that can help you gain weight. For an example, Chicken breast.
  • mybud

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    Dec 04, 2011 4:06 AM GMT
    Your tryin to gain weight...White rice is fine...
  • trl_

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    Dec 06, 2011 9:51 AM GMT
    yourname2000 said
    Glycemic load (or index) is a measure of how quickly your body can convert the carbs in a food into glucose and spike your blood sugar. That will in turn spike your insulin. And that hormone sends the message to NOT burn fat but to instead store excess carbs as fat (on the gut first).


    okay so is that why my gut is the only part of my body that has noticeable fat? lol
  • FRE0

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    Dec 09, 2011 8:40 AM GMT
    I know nothing about Rice carbs. Have you checked out Zenith or Carter carbs? An SU would be another possibility.