by Kelly Wright
Eating oatmeal can play an
important role in your weight-loss
plan. Clinical studies have shown
that people who replaced their
usual breakfast with a bowl of
oatmeal and walked for fifteen to
thirty minutes per day lost almost
one pound of body fat per week
without changing anything else in
their diet. That’s almost fifty
pounds a year by making just
two simple changes. Want to find
out what those two simple changes
are? Here's the inside "skinny" excerpted from Kelly Wright's
The Benjamin Franklin

If there’s one thing to do right off the bat, that’s to replace whatever you’re eating for
breakfast with a bowl of oatmeal, Ben Franklin’s favorite breakfast. According to new
scientific research studies, this turns out to have been a wise choice for him indeed.
It's widely stated that oatmeal sticks to the ribs, and current clinical studies show this
old saying isn’t far from the truth. Besides nourishing the body, oatmeal can help you
lose weight. A research study conducted by a cardiologist at Rippe Lifestyle Institute
in Orlando, Florida found that eating oatmeal and losing weight go hand in hand.
Forty overweight people were put on a light exercise program and walked for fifteen
to thirty minutes per day. Half of the test group was also put on a slightly reduced-
calorie diet, which included a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. The group that ate the
oatmeal lost an average of five pounds in the first four weeks, while the other half of
the group didn’t lose any weight. Although both groups were walking every day, the
oatmeal group lost body fat. Over twelve weeks, those who continued walking and
eating oatmeal for breakfast lost an average of ten pounds.

Oatmeal Satiates the Appetite

Another study conducted by the New York Obesity Center found that eating oatmeal
satiates the appetite. Researchers hypothesized that the fiber in the oatmeal slows
down the rate at which the stomach empties, in effect making you feel full for long
periods of time. Test subjects were given either oatmeal, sugared corn flakes, or
water for breakfast. The oatmeal eaters in the study ate 30 percent less at lunch
than those in the cereal and water-test groups.

Eating whole oats is one of the most effective ways to reduce cholesterol and the risk
of heart attack and heart disease because whole oats have a high proportion of
soluble fiber that helps reduce artery-clogging cholesterol. Oatmeal acts a sponge
that soaks up extra cholesterol and helps the body eliminate it, so a bowl of oatmeal
in the morning can reduce your cholesterol by up to 20 percent, which translates to a
40 percent reduction in heart-attack risk. Oatmeal is the best breakfast you can eat
and is highly recommended as part of the Ben Franklin diet.

The Two Types of Oatmeal

Both rolled oats and steel-cut oats are wholegrain products. The difference is in how
they’re processed. Rolled oats are rolled flat and require only a short amount of
cooking time because the oats absorb water quickly. During processing, rolled oats
are steamed to speed up absorption when water is added to them. Most rolled oats
can be added to boiling water and be ready to eat in about five minutes.

Steel-cut oats are made by cutting the whole oat grain into small pieces. These oats
usually require longer cooking time (about thirty minutes), but the end result is a
chunky, chewy oatmeal. Steel-cut oats are also called Scottish or Irish oats because
this is the type of oatmeal eaten in the United Kingdom. Quick cooking steel-cut oats
that are ready in about five to seven minutes are available in some grocery and
health food stores—a great choice if you’re in a hurry in the morning.

Start Losing Weight Today with Oatmeal

In just two simple steps, you can be on your way to a slimmer, healthier body.

1. Replace whatever you’re eating for breakfast with a 1 cup serving of oatmeal.
2. Take a brisk, 15 minute walk before each meal.

For more information about losing weight safely and naturally, read
The Benjamin
Franklin Diet,
by Kelly Wright.
"Look no further than this book to lose weight." DR. DAVID ALBIN, M.D.
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