Is a "No Rice" diet effective?

Philippines
February 21, 2013 7:52pm CST
I mean can you survive without eating rice? Rice is a staple food here in the Philippines and most, if not all, Filipinos eat rice every meal. I mean I can skip rice at breakfast or dinner, but I can't survive in a day without rice. Can you? And I know some women who don't eat rice and they said it helped them lose weight. What do you think about this?
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@lampar (7597)
• United States
22 Feb 13
I can't survive a day without rice, since rice is the cheapest form of calories provider i can find in the grocery store, i have no choice but to eat rice in my every meal. Until the rice farmer decide to hike the price of rice , i think i will continue eating rice with my limited salary. I am not sure not eating rice actually help women lose weight or not, the only thing i know is that i still can't put on weight after ate so much rice in my entire life, i still don't have much pound on my body i can afford to lose.
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• Philippines
22 Feb 13
Hello lampar, thank you for sharing! Lucky you, you don't have much issues on weight. Just avoid getting diabetes okay!? Have a nice day!
@lampar (7597)
• United States
22 Feb 13
Don't worry, eating rice is not going to get you any disease and weight gain, including diabetes. Unless you are already a diabetic, then eating rice can affect this particular ailment and cause some disruption to your blood sugar level. Trust me, nobody will ask to have diabetes, it is not up to us to decide but our organ.
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• Philippines
25 Feb 13
Really, that good to know then. I was told that eating a lot of rice can make you diabetic. I don't know where that come from. Thanks!
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• United States
22 Feb 13
Here in the US we may eat rice once in awhile, but not like you do in the Philippines and other countries. I don't think it's very healthy to eat rice all the time. White rice has been branded a culprit in type 2 diabetes in many people. Eating too much rice causes me to gain weight.
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• Philippines
22 Feb 13
Hi PointlessQuestions! Thanks for sharing. You are right about that diabetes thing, but I'm not sure if most of us can remove rice from our meal. It's the staple food here, it's cheaper than bread or pasta or any carbo alternative.
• Philippines
22 Feb 13
Hi allison! Well, we all know that anything in excess is bad. But that's nothing to worry since diabetes can be managed as long as we have the discipline. I have been eating rice all my life and I don't have diabetes. The key is eating moderately.
@savire (204)
• Indonesia
27 Feb 13
Hi All, Well rice has been a main dish for almost Asian countries and certainly it's not causing diabetes at general. If you consume them quite a lot then for sure the sugar content inside them will make you fat faster. But that also depend on your daily activities too. But if you looks carefully rice had different types too, there's a type of rice which have whole grain too and it's healthier although the price is higher than normal rice. Besides some diabetes are hereditary so you can't really blame it on the rice alone. If you does not consume rice but consuming quite a lot of sugar from other product then it's just the same risks. As kourdapya already said we must watch our life-style because most of peoples are pron to this disease because of their life-style which less healthy than it should be.
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@youless (93173)
• Guangzhou, China
22 Feb 13
Although here the rice is the main food. We will have it everyday. However, I am not that interested in eating the rice. I just like to eat it as sushi or congee. I like eating rice in this way. When I was single and lived alone, most of the time I didn't cook rice because I didn't eat much of it. I cooked something else instead. Now I live with my family but usually I just eat a very little rice everyday.
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• Philippines
25 Feb 13
It's our staple food, nothing's really wrong if we eat it regularly. It's really difficult to avoid it, if someone's planning a "no rice diet" so I'm just gonna stick to rice
@SIMPLYD (81529)
• Philippines
22 Feb 13
I skip eating rice only on supper and breakfast. Added to this, i also exercise. My reason is not really to lose weight but to decrease the fats in my tummy and to keep my self active and healthy. But i noticed i lose weight doing that, which i don't like. So, i stopped exercising this week and have been eating rice even on supper. Alhough, since i am accustomed to not eating rice, i can only eat less than a cup.
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• Philippines
22 Feb 13
Seems like the belly fat is our common problem!
@louievill (19358)
• Philippines
22 Feb 13
I think we can survive without rice as long as the food value is almost the same, I for one can live on rice, pasta, potato noodles, bread etc....I think the reason why we Filipinos feel obliged to eat rice is because as kids we were taught that not eating rice is bad, another thing is craving and looking for something that we had gotten so use to, and another thing is the type of cooking we do is most of the time tailored fit to match rice.
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• Philippines
22 Feb 13
You're right about that. There are times I'd really love to have pasta or sweet potato instead of rice, but since pasta are more expensive and sweet potato are not really ideal to eat everyday (for me) I guess I should really stick with rice. Rice is cheap, a kilogram can feed a family of six, with a little "ulam" an average Filipino family will do well with it. Thanks for sharing!
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@maurya83 (923)
• India
22 Feb 13
Rice is the main food here also, but its not an essential thing for me, i do like some dishes made up of rice but its not a matter of survival for me..its also not a matter of weight loss, i am just comfortable with all kind of food available..
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• Philippines
25 Feb 13
Hi, where are you from?
@maurya83 (923)
• India
25 Feb 13
I am from India, currently living in a north-east state (w.b.), people eat rice-fish only here..
• Philippines
28 Feb 13
Hi, it's nice to know. We Asians are real rice eaters
@johndur (3049)
• Pasig, Philippines
22 Feb 13
no rice diet.yes it is possible but the question is can you do it?for people who grew up eating rice it is actually very hard not to eat rice.but you can still do your diet and eat rice at he same time just limit your rice intake...
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• Philippines
25 Feb 13
Yes, i think about the same thing too. There are women I know who said that not eating rice is an effective weight loss diet, but sometimes I wonder if they really can control the urge to not to eat rice.
@johndur (3049)
• Pasig, Philippines
25 Feb 13
its all in your mind.if you can control it but if not you can still eat rice in small amounts.
• Philippines
25 Feb 13
Hello kourapya, I don't know this because i have been eating rice since childhood and it has been part of the filipino meal. my brother tried that and instead he ended up eating more viands and bread than eating rice. eventually he gave up on it and went simply back to not eating meat or pork.
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• Philippines
25 Feb 13
yes, it's a Filipino thing, we can't avoid it. Rice is part of our lives, I'm only thinking about those people who swear to that "no rice diet". How do they do that? I wonder, I can't do it. I need rice in my life.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Feb 13
Over here it's mostly pasta and potatoes. I guess I could survive without them (and rice) if I had to. I think it's actually healthier to use rice with the husk still on, and potatoes with the skin still on, and not cook them in a lot of fat.
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• Philippines
25 Feb 13
Yes, brown rice is healthier but it's more expensive too. I'm okay with pasta but like brown rice, is expensive as well. So I really have to stick with rice, I have no choice
@kprofgames (3103)
• United States
22 Feb 13
Yes rice is a starch so cutting back on it will help. I eat my starches at the noon meal because burn that off. I can understand it's a cultural thing but cutting back will help with weight loss some.
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• Philippines
22 Feb 13
I do the same thing, eating more rice at lunch then cutting back some at dinner really helped me lose the belly fat. And yes, we were raised as rice eaters by our folks since rice is a common food in our country, there's plenty of it everywhere. Thanks for sharing!
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
22 Feb 13
Yes, weight loss would occur if yu cut down on rice. I like it but don't have to have it daily. I feel about bread the way you feel about rice
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• Philippines
22 Feb 13
I love bread too, but I don't think I can live on bread alone. My favorite brand of bread here in the Philippines are a little expensive, and those cheap bread are not really ideal substitute for rice. Brown rice are available but they're not affordable for the average income people.
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@drannhh (15240)
• United States
28 Feb 13
I would not enjoy life as much without rice, although I believe that whole grain rice is more nutritious than the white stuff, so I combine the two. Moderation is good, but I see no reason to deny ourselves any food altogether.
• Philippines
28 Feb 13
Yes, me too. I can't live without rice in my meals. Some women believed that they would lose weight if they cut off or deliberately remove the rice from their meals. I'm not sure how can they do that, thinking what are they going to substitute with rice.
@chiyosan (30204)
• Philippines
28 Feb 13
I have tried thhe no rice diet when i was in college, and that was years ago. this worked for me because i have a low card diet. usually low card diets would help a lot in losing those extra pounds. it was a big lost in my weight though that i have stopped drinking bottled juices, and softdrinks especially. It was a big help as these have high calories. Whatever you eat, try to count the calories, this worked for some as well, and with additional exercises, you will lose a few pounds and just maintain from it.
• Philippines
28 Feb 13
Good thing that this diet worked for you. You must have been disciplining yourself to avoid craving for rice. To me I don't think I can do that. I'm a rice eater, that's where I get all my energy for the day.
@xtedaxcvg (3190)
• Philippines
25 Feb 13
I think I may be able to survive without rice as I have a back-up favorite staple food - pasta. I just love pasta! Well, to be accurate, I love tomato sauce and cheese so a more pinpointed answer is I love spaghetti, pizza, and lasagna. Although rice is my first love, I think I may be able to do without it for a week or two. And then the craving will kick in.
• Philippines
25 Feb 13
Congratulations to you then, if your plan was not to eat rice! But I love pasta too, I wish I can afford to have pasta everyday. It's almost lunch here, I'm hungry. Thanks for sharing!
• Philippines
12 Apr 13
rice is a good source of energy for people who does heavy work like construction but If you have nothing to do aside from sitting all day facing your computer like what I am in my work, I think avoiding rice can help maintaining figure. I notice it in my situation now. I really miss my flat tummy =( since I'm not being watchful to the food that I eat. but now I learn to eat balance, I only take rice on breakfast and for my lunch and dinner I eat more organic foods like fruits and vegetable only. =)
@Bhebelen14 (5206)
• Philippines
4 Mar 13
I think as a Filipino we can still survive even we do not eat rice every meal, i tried not to eat rice for 6 months and I've survived but in exchange of rice I ate wheat bread, hard boiled eggs and broiled sweet potatoes instead, I lose weight and make me happy. But since January I try to eat brown rice again which is more healthy and easy to digest which is a big help when your trying to lose weight.
@ARIES1973 (9539)
• Legaspi, Philippines
3 Mar 13
Hi kourdapya! I'm not sure if I can survive a day without rice. Well, I am not anymore aiming for a perfect body but if it could help in some ways then maybe it can be worth a try. Have a great day!