Can't live without my white rice!

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  • trigden1991
    trigden1991 Posts: 4,658 Member
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    It is 155 calories uncooked for 1/4 cups, (620 cal for uncooked one cup) but I don't know how that translates into cooked rice. It's easier for me to just measure cooked, since our family just makes a lot of rice in the rice cooker for everybody, which is why I've been trying to use the MFP options in logging.

    If anyone knows the ratio of cooked to uncooked rice, that would be so helpful!

    Get a scale and weigh the rice uncooked for more accuracy.
  • maybe1pe
    maybe1pe Posts: 529 Member
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    CyberTone wrote: »
    If you can, do a test by measuring out the weight of the rice you put in the cooker and measure the volume of water you put in the cooker. After cooking, weigh the entire cooked batch and calculate the total Calories per batch. Then scoop out a level cup. Weigh the amount in the level cup and divide the total weight of the batch by the weight of one level cup, then calculate the Calories per cup using that data.

    I make rice weekly because we eat it with nearly every single meal since my SO is gluten free but we still like to have a moderate carb intake.

    So I weigh my dry rice amount to know the number of servings (usually 10) that I'm cooking and then I add my water and cook in the rice cooker. When it's done I weigh the total cooked amount and divide by the total number of servings that I made (like I said usually 10) and that's the number of grams there are per cooked serving of rice.
  • shannonprovenzano2812
    shannonprovenzano2812 Posts: 60 Member
    edited January 2018
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    I have measuring cups and just measure the cooked rice that way. I believe white rice is about 200 calories per cup depending on the type. You can definitely fit it into your diet. Stay under your calories and eat what you like. I personally love white rice of all types. Jasmine, Basmati, sticky, and even the "minute rice" boil in a bag stuff is a part of my diet. It's one of my favorite foods. No idea why, I just love the stuff!

    Also, I've found that 2oz uncooked rice equals one cup cooked. Hope this helps!
  • inertiastrength
    inertiastrength Posts: 2,343 Member
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    I have a cup of sushi rice cooked with sugar and rice vinegar a few times a week, it's delicious and filling! I do more often than not try and reach for potatoes because they have a lot of potassium and I find if I use up a lot of my carbs on rice I won't get the RDA but rice is absolutely fine.
  • Francl27
    Francl27 Posts: 26,371 Member
    edited January 2018
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    Nothing wrong with rice if it fits in your calories and fills you up. There's absolutely no reason to switch to brown rice if you don't like it though, the difference is really small.
  • csch79
    csch79 Posts: 37 Member
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    It is 155 calories uncooked for 1/4 cups, (620 cal for uncooked one cup) but I don't know how that translates into cooked rice. It's easier for me to just measure cooked, since our family just makes a lot of rice in the rice cooker for everybody, which is why I've been trying to use the MFP options in logging.

    If anyone knows the ratio of cooked to uncooked rice, that would be so helpful!

    I've always heard brown rice doubles and white rice triples. So your 1/4 cup of white rice should end up around 3/4 cups cooked. That is not exact by any stretch of the imagination.

    If your family uses the same rice all the time and I'd just cook a small batch and weight it dry and then weigh it again cooked and then you will know the ratio. This assumes it is make exactly the same every time with the same amount of water, etc.
  • apullum
    apullum Posts: 4,838 Member
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    Also, 1200 calories could be too low for you. What are your stats?

    I am an 18 year old female, fluctuating around 107 pounds, and I am 5'2". I have a very small frame though!

    1200 is the minimum number of calories recommended for women, and generally is recommended for weight loss. You are already well within the optimal weight range for your age and height. 1200 is likely too few calories for someone with your stats. If you are unhappy with your body, I strongly recommend strength training and would not recommend weight loss for you.
  • JillianRumrill
    JillianRumrill Posts: 335 Member
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    Here's the deal; I'm half Japanese, and grew up on Japanese food. That means, short-grain, sticky white rice as part of my dinner most days a week. I've heard so many bad things about white rice, but I find it incredibly hard to cut out of my diet.
    I want to switch to brown rice soon, but brown rice is a little expensive, and we already have a large bag of white rice at home that I don't want to waste!
    I never go over my 1200 cal limit; can I still continue to eat white rice as long as I stay under my caloric intake?

    I know that feel. I'm Italian, I can't live without my pasta!
  • azkabanned
    azkabanned Posts: 79 Member
    edited January 2018
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    I totally get it. It doesn’t even feel like a meal without some rice with the fish/chicken/beef.

    Jeez I think I just figured out why I feel unsatisfied on my diet. I’ve been eating rice almost everyday since I’ve learned to chew, and I haven’t eaten any all week.
  • Ryansworld84
    Ryansworld84 Posts: 83 Member
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    I eat white rife a lot. Great way to get carbs.
  • shiragatama
    shiragatama Posts: 33 Member
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    meowthhh wrote: »
    I totally get it. It doesn’t even feel like a meal without some rice with the fish/chicken/beef.

    Jeez I think I just figured out why I feel unsatisfied on my diet. I’ve been eating rice almost everyday since I’ve learned to chew, and I haven’t eaten any all week.

    Right! It feels downright unnatural to eat any protein without rice haha
  • shiragatama
    shiragatama Posts: 33 Member
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    apullum wrote: »
    1200 is the minimum number of calories recommended for women, and generally is recommended for weight loss. You are already well within the optimal weight range for your age and height. 1200 is likely too few calories for someone with your stats. If you are unhappy with your body, I strongly recommend strength training and would not recommend weight loss for you.

    Would strength training without strict dieting still get rid of the fat I have on my stomach? :#
  • 3bambi3
    3bambi3 Posts: 1,650 Member
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    apullum wrote: »
    1200 is the minimum number of calories recommended for women, and generally is recommended for weight loss. You are already well within the optimal weight range for your age and height. 1200 is likely too few calories for someone with your stats. If you are unhappy with your body, I strongly recommend strength training and would not recommend weight loss for you.

    Would strength training without strict dieting still get rid of the fat I have on my stomach? :#

    You can eat at maintenance and strength train, which is called a recomp. Here is a wonderful thread about it:

    http://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10177803/recomposition-maintaining-weight-while-losing-fat/p1

    And here's a great thread about getting a fab stomach:

    http://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/1161603/so-you-want-a-nice-stomach/p1
  • perkymommy
    perkymommy Posts: 1,642 Member
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    apullum wrote: »
    Also, 1200 calories could be too low for you. What are your stats?

    I am an 18 year old female, fluctuating around 107 pounds, and I am 5'2". I have a very small frame though!

    1200 is the minimum number of calories recommended for women, and generally is recommended for weight loss. You are already well within the optimal weight range for your age and height. 1200 is likely too few calories for someone with your stats. If you are unhappy with your body, I strongly recommend strength training and would not recommend weight loss for you.

    This.

    You also said you are a small frame so I'm assuming you are short in height. I'm 4'11 and 150 lbs currently and would be quite happy at around 120-125 so you are already at a great weight I'm betting and just need to do some strength training or target that specific area in your mid-section. But as far as what you eat, eat rice as long as it fits in to your 1200 that day.
  • kshama2001
    kshama2001 Posts: 28,028 Member
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    apullum wrote: »
    1200 is the minimum number of calories recommended for women, and generally is recommended for weight loss. You are already well within the optimal weight range for your age and height. 1200 is likely too few calories for someone with your stats. If you are unhappy with your body, I strongly recommend strength training and would not recommend weight loss for you.

    Would strength training without strict dieting still get rid of the fat I have on my stomach? :#

    Yes. See how she looks better (far right pic) than when she was 18 pounds lighter (middle pic)?

    o3t6aeita4pk.jpg
  • kshama2001
    kshama2001 Posts: 28,028 Member
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    By the chart I am technically a healthy weight, but by appearance I do have a some pudge, almost exclusively on my midsection since that's where all my fat goes. I really want to get rid of that :-(. I've heard about this thing called recomping though, which I might try once I get over my "gymtimidation."

    Most gyms will give you 1-3 sessions with a personal trainer with your membership. This is a great way to get acquainted with your gym and feel more comfortable there. If not free, it's well worth the money. Gyms also often have small group classes with a trainer which are super cheap or free.

    Tell the trainer you are specifically looking to recomp.
  • shiragatama
    shiragatama Posts: 33 Member
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    Thank you everyone! :-)) I'll look into it!
  • kshama2001
    kshama2001 Posts: 28,028 Member
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    I grew up on brown rice, but switched to white after developing a taste for it after spending a few months in Costa Rica and then a few years with a man who loves Thai food.

    My mother is horrified, and didn't buy my explanation that there is little difference between brown and white. Took me a while to come to grips with that myself.

    I use the entry "Rice, white, long-grain, regular, cooked, unenriched, with salt".

    I limit my portion sizes to 75 - 100 grams cooked.