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Why do I lose more weight when I add white potato or white rice?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 08, 2013 at 2:01 AM

For the last few months I've been eating less than 50g of carbs a day mostly from veggies with the occasional fruit or nuts (about 3 times a week). I was losing about 1.5 to 2lbs a week.

Recently I have been eating between 80g to 100g of carbs a day and the increase was either adding 1/2 a baked potato or a small amount of jasmine rice (about 1/3 or 1/2 cup) and a little fruit sometimes. I only ate these about 3 times a week. The calorie level has been about the same, just a little more carb.

It seems like I'm losing weight faster with the introduction of the potato and rice, about 3lbs a week.

Is there a scientific reason for this? Or a non-scientific theory anyone has?

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on March 08, 2013
at 02:00 PM

I noticed the rice and potato doesn't make my stomach feel upset like it does if I eat a small piece of grain or sugar. So that makes me think my body is saying it's OK

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on March 08, 2013
at 01:59 PM

I thought of one other thing I have been doing differently. About 2 weeks ago I got a vitamix and I've had about 3-4 green juices during that time. (That increases my carbs on those days but all veggies w/ lemon).

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on March 08, 2013
at 01:58 PM

thanks, will do

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on March 08, 2013
at 03:56 AM

actually haven't been working out the past 3 weeks due to some schedule issues.

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on March 08, 2013
at 02:03 AM

Potatoes help me get lean, idk why. I'm naturally pretty lean already though.

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on March 08, 2013
at 09:39 AM

It's the same for me, I feel more satiated with more carbs like a bit of white rice or potato/sweet potato. I don't even know why but I assume it's because some people just function better on more carbs.

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on March 08, 2013
at 02:00 PM

I noticed the rice and potato doesn't make my stomach feel upset like it does if I eat a small piece of grain or sugar. So that makes me think my body is saying it's OK

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on March 08, 2013
at 12:59 PM

Go read Perfect Health Diet - that's totally the theme (that safe starches are beneficial for a paleo diet). That book is a science geek fest. :)

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on March 08, 2013
at 01:58 PM

thanks, will do

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on March 08, 2013
at 03:19 AM

Perhaps it is beneficially affecting thyroid function and the resultant increase in metabolic rate is substantially greater than the additional calories ingested. Really though, it would have to be a net difference of 500+ calories a day. I'd lean more toward better satiety for fewer calories.

Edit: Just saw the amount you're talking about. I would now lean toward it just being noise in the data.

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on March 08, 2013
at 01:59 PM

I thought of one other thing I have been doing differently. About 2 weeks ago I got a vitamix and I've had about 3-4 green juices during that time. (That increases my carbs on those days but all veggies w/ lemon).

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on March 08, 2013
at 05:22 AM

Same with me but in my case I'm pretty sure it's because adding white rice and plantains curb my cravings for junk food.

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on March 08, 2013
at 03:09 AM

are you eating most of your carbs post workout? they could be promoting muscle growth and in turn a faster metabolism.

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on March 08, 2013
at 03:56 AM

actually haven't been working out the past 3 weeks due to some schedule issues.

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