What is a porridge diet? Porridge is nothing other than the Scottish or English version of the German cooked oatmeal. Originally, the form of food was a cheap worker’s meal. Actually an old hat, but since mankind seems to be getting heavier and heavier, one wonders why this was not the case in the past and takes a closer look at the old hats.
And lo and behold, our ancestors weren’t that stupid. They may not have had the medical knowledge, but their manners were intuitively healthy.
How the Porridge Diet Works
In a study with 47 participants, an extremely interesting comparison was made. Half of them were given oatmeal cooked with milk for breakfast, the other half cereals based on oatmeal mixed with cold milk. The calories of both groups were exactly the same. The choice of lunch was free of constraints so that everyone could eat and drink whatever they wanted.
In the end, the scientists determined the calorie levels consumed and came to a clear conclusion: The consumers of the cooked oatmeal ate significantly less at noon. There is no clear explanation for this, but it is assumed that the dietary fibre beta-clucan, which is decisive for the saturation effect, was responsible for this. But this only worked with boiled porridge.
Oats are almost gluten-free and are one of the most valuable and healthy cereals. It contains large amounts of protein and fibre as well as numerous minerals and vitamins. This ingenious combination ensures an even blood sugar level, which often gets out of control when overweight.
For people with insulin resistance there are regular oat cures, during which patients consume large quantities of oats for three days. Within this comparatively short period of time, blood glucose levels improve noticeably, which also banishes the cravings.
With a regulated blood sugar level, insulin levels can also reach normal levels and the risk of weight gain is eliminated. The fat cells register that the energy required for the body is no longer produced exclusively from the high blood sugar levels, but that the fat reserves must now also be used for this purpose. Thus, weight loss can begin.
Perhaps one or two people could now argue that oatmeal contains a lot of calories. That’s the truth. 100 g oatmeal scores with 372 kcal. However, the calorie count is certainly not responsible for obesity.
Quality is decisive here, not quantity. The advantage of this high calorie count from the oats promises a long-lasting feeling of satiety. The’ cause’ of this is the dietary fibre, which dampens hunger and keeps the blood sugar and cholesterol level in check.
However, oats also offer other health-related aspects. These are briefly listed here. May they serve to motivate others, because these are positive side effects that can be seen:
B vitamins combined with zinc, manganese and copper provide a beautiful side effect, because they let the skin shine and the hair shine.
40 g oats contain 7.8 µ biotin, which corresponds to a quarter of the daily requirement. Biotin makes beautiful hair, healthy skin and firm nails. Hair loss can be prevented by increasing the intake of biotin in combination with zinc (also contained in oats).
Vitamin B6 in the oat provides a balanced psyche. It also promotes sleep.
40 g of oats provide a whole 2.4 mg of iron. Other cereals do not reach these values by far. But even meat has a hard time reaching this iron content.
40 g oats provide about 60 mg magnesium.
Oats contain an extraordinary amount of silicon, which is beneficial for the connective tissue. This prevents cellulite and makes the skin firm and elastic. Hair and nails also benefit from this fact.
The right preparation….
… is crucial. It must be cooked – the porridge. The recipe is very simple:
- 4 tablespoons oatmeal
- 2 cups of water or milk
- 1 pinch of salt
Boil the oatmeal and water (or milk) with a pinch of salt. All this is left to stand for about ten minutes until the slightly tough and typical porridge consistency is achieved.
If you like, you can spice up the resulting porridge with cinnamon, which in turn has an effect on the blood sugar level. Cut fruit or dried fruits add variety and bananas are a helpful addition to the lack of sweetness. Just don’t add sugar!
Why get used to Porridge quickly
Many people have known porridge as a child under the name of gruel, or oatmeal gruel, and not everyone liked it. However, in view of the positive effect during the course of a porridge diet, one can certainly become accustomed to it again. Ultimately, we are all creatures of habit and if the pounds fall faster, because the saturation lasts much longer and the blood sugar level is regulated, the effort has paid off.
Above all, everyone can be creative in the preparation of their own recipe. However, additional sugar and fat quantities should not be included. Fruit and dried fruits should also be handled sparingly, as the natural sugar content is comparatively high. But these are not industrial sugar but fructose.
Porridge is therefore a diet version that is convenient for body and wallet.