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I Lost 40 Pounds Eating Rice, and Here Is How You Can Too 

This trick helped one woman achieve her weight loss goals while still eating a food she loves.
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Jada (@digitaljada) is an Atlanta based content creator who regularly shares videos about her weight loss journey. In many of her viral videos, Jada reveals all the food hacks that allowed her to blast fat and lose 40 pounds without having to give up some of her favorite foods. She even reveals how she ate rice with almost every meal and still managed to lose weight. "Eat endless rice and still lose weight," she says at the start of the clip. "I was trying to find ways to eat what I love, but make it stretch."  

She Eats Rice to Lose Weight

@digitaljada eat endless rice on your weight loss journey #caloriedeficithack #rice #caldeficit #40poundsdown ♬ La belle vie – Sacha Distel

Jada holds up a small serving of rice, explaining that "it's not going to fill me up" so she is "going to show you ways to make rice stretch." She explains that she is holding cauliflower rice in the other hand. "Now, of course, no, it's not the same as rice. Nothing's going to be the same as rice. A hack that I love is to add one serving of rice and add it to a vegetable," she says. 

But Mixes It with a Larger Serving of Cauliflower Rice


Jada adds the small serving of rice to the bigger serving of cauliflower rice. "We just beefed it up so much by adding cauliflower, and I used the whole entire bag of cauliflower. Why? Because it's 20 calories per serving and there are like three servings per bag. So that's super low calorie, and of course you add as much or as little as you want. You still get your rice and you're going to be full," she says. 

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Jada Also Makes Slaw Rice


"Now this is my favorite hack. Coleslaw, coleslaw, coleslaw," she continues. "If you want to use coleslaw, broccoli, slaw, whatever that stuff is, so low in calories, like 20 to 30 calories max per serving. With the serving of rice, I will add coleslaw," she continues. "This is about 120, 130 grams of coleslaw, and it beefs it up so much. Look at this little container. Compared to this, how I stretched it, I love the cauliflower rice mix, but this is way better to me. "

She Sometimes Eats Rice Every Single Day


"During my weight loss journey, I had phases where I just wanted rice every single day, and that's okay. I just had to make it work and make it stretch. We know rice is so high in calories, so I would literally be going through bags of coleslaw. I would be getting bags of coleslaw every day to make a lot of meals stretch, not just with rice, and I pair it with a low calorie teriyaki sauce. This is the biggest hack," she concludes. 

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Jada Also Swapped Spaghetti Squash for Pasta

@digitaljada pasta is why i gained so much weight #pastaforweightloss #40poundsdown #pastazero #caloriedeficitpasta #edamamepasta ♬ La belle vie – Sacha Distel

In another video, she reveals another hack. She says that prior to dieting, pasta caused her to pack on the pounds. However, she discovered spaghetti squash and it was a game-changer. "This is an amazing substitute for pasta. It's a vegetable, is really good for you, it's high in fiber," and "the texture of the noodles is perfect," she says. She makes it with all the same pasta sauces she loves, including a healthy version of Alfredo. 

An RDN Approves

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The Diet Diva, Tara Collingwood, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD/N, ACSM-CPT, a Board Certified Sports Dietitian, is totally onboard with this rice hack. "You still get the taste of the regular rice but cut the calories in half or more depending on the ratio of rice to cauliflower rice," she says. "Cauliflower is VERY low in calories and when it is 'riced' to make it into small pieces the size of rice, it is an easy mix-in. Cauliflower is also very bland, just like rice. So you can easily mix it in without major change in taste." She also recommends sauteing it to "crisp it up a bit" because it can get watery. 

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Cabbage and Spaghetti Squash Offer Lots of Health Benefits

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"Cabbage (coleslaw) is another fabulous food that is rich in antioxidants and fiber. Lots of crunch, too!" adds Collingwood. "I love spaghetti squash and find that it goes really well with traditional pasta sauces like marinara or even an Alfredo. You can also pair it with a healthy protein source of a nice well-rounded meal. Spaghetti squash is very low in calories but you still get the feel of eating spaghetti."

💪🔥Body Booster: A great hack to enjoy the foods you love – like rice – is eating a smaller portion size and mixing with a healthier alternative. 

Leah Groth
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