Pasta is delicious. You know this, I know this. Everyone knows this. Except for people who hate pasta, and they don’t count as people for having such a horrible, wrong opinion.
HOWEVER: common sense tells us that pasta is bad for you. Like, super bad. Like, carbs-in-your-nightmares-filling-your-body-with-fat bad.
And that makes sense. Because carbs are a major reason why people gain weight, and pasta has like, a BOAT LOAD of carbs.
That doesn’t mean that all pasta is created equal though.
Let’s look at 4 ways to make sure pasta doesn’t pack pounds onto your midsection.
1. Gluten Free Pasta
When you go gluten free… OK, I was trying to make like a rhyming scheme, but I gave up because I couldn’t think of anything and this article is about pasta. Anyway.
By choosing pasta made from ingredients like quinoa, rice or millet, you’re avoiding a lot of the gluten that’s responsible for weight gain (and other negative side effects) in pasta with gluten in it.
2. Cream Based Sauces Are The Devil
Well, not the literal devil. The cream in your refrigerator isn’t going to challenge you to a fiddle contest for your eternal soul. Not without some SERIOUS hallucinogens.
But cream based sauces really pack on the calories and fat in a pasta dish, pushing it from the point of “potentially healthy” to “caloric catastrophe”.
For a sauce, pick a delicious, healthy, tomato sauce instead. You’re saving yourself over 20 grams of fat per serving, plus a whopping 200 calories each time you eat pasta. Just for picking ragu over vodka or alfredo sauce. Easy choice.
3. Make Spaghetti Out Of Squash
So, look, we need to talk about something. I can see you right now, sitting at your computer, shaking your head and thinking “this man has clearly gone insane.” And you’re right! I am insane! But that has no bearing on the rest of this article (probably).
The truth is, spaghetti squash is a real thing. It’s this one specific type of winter squash that separates into spaghetti-like “ribbons” when you take the flesh away from the rind (gross) after it’s cooked.
What that means for you is: Pasta made from f*ing vegetables. Delicious, healthy pasta. Who knew, right?
4. Practice Portion Control
It’s unbelievably easy to eat more pasta than you thought you were going to eat. After all, pasta is delicious. It’s literally made to be crammed into your mouth.
But when you’re not controlling how much pasta you put on your plate, you’re setting yourself up for weight gain and diet failure.
Pasta is one of the easiest foods to eat fast, which means you’re going to outpace your body’s ability to tell you that you’re full, and eat too much.
So try measuring out one serving of pasta and putting that on your plate – and then not going back for seconds. Try eating slowly and giving your body time to realize it’s full.
Do that – and you really can lose weight with pasta.
The Best Ways To Eat Pasta Without Gaining Weight
- Try going with gluten free pasta
- Avoid cream based sauces whenever you can
- Make spaghetti out of squash
- Practice portion control