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2/28/12 5:20 P

One of the people who said NO please tell me, how do you NOT gain weight from pasta?

DREMARGRL Posts: 11,552
2/28/12 4:44 P

yes...white stuff makes me fat....period.

IAMAGEMLOVER Posts: 35,729
2/28/12 4:21 P

moderation is the key

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2/28/12 1:24 P

I, like many people, have a minor gluten intolerance that makes me bloat when I eat pasta and bread. I try to avoid wheat and other simple carbs now as much as possible and fill up on veggies instead. I also like using Kelp noodles when I'm craving that pasta feeling. They're very low calorie (6cal a serving) and high in minerals. You can also use zucchini shaved into strips or cut with a spiralizer to make mock pasta. Since pasta itself doesn't have much flavor and is usually just used as a vessel for other ingredients (same with white bread, white rice, and white potatoes) it makes sense to replace them with healthier alternatives, even if you don't have a gluten intolerance.

SONICB Posts: 4,381
2/28/12 1:10 P

Some people do, but I personally don't. I do normally try to eat whole wheat pasta though, and maybe that has something to do with it.

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2/28/12 12:47 P

Yes. I try to think of pasta as a treat to have occasionally--it really is just a sauce holder. The word "pasta" means "paste"--'nuff said. emoticon

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2/28/12 12:41 P

Yes, every time I eat pasta I retain a lot of water. Even if I do not add anything unhealthy to it, or any sauces high in sodium. That type of starchy carb makes me gain water weight. I avoid pasta, and all starches in the evening.

SWEETSUGAR7 Posts: 2,450
2/28/12 12:39 P

Yes you can gain weight from pasta. It also depends what you are making to go in it.

It is also does not have nutrition value to it.

Edited by: SWEETSUGAR7 at: 2/28/2012 (12:40)
NEPTUNE1939 Posts: 17,534
2/28/12 12:38 P


PCASEY7 Posts: 2,899
2/28/12 12:38 P


SPOORK Posts: 1,193
2/28/12 12:33 P


2/28/12 12:01 P

So many people have answered NO, please tell me - is there something special about pasta that keeps the calories from counting? Or, is it just the same as other foods - count the calories, measure your portion. Is that what you meant?

TENNISJIM Posts: 11,750
2/28/12 6:31 A

I don't think so

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2/28/12 6:22 A


KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
2/28/12 5:54 A

It's not the pasta but what you put on it. Alfredo anyone?

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2/28/12 2:49 A

It depends on how much and how often.

BARRISTER2011 SparkPoints: (29,384)
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2/28/12 2:45 A

I eat pasta once a week like a good Italian and I have lost weight. I am sure if I weighed myself the day after I ate it the scale would show a gain every time.

RIEUADMIRER SparkPoints: (83,062)
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2/28/12 2:43 A

No. It's the sauce you put on top that makes you fat

STUPIDA1 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/28/12 2:33 A

love pasta l find if l eat just the right amount l keep the weight off l went on a pasta and rice diet once and lost 4 stone so eat it sensibly and no over eat it and then yes it's up to you really

AZCHICA2006 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/28/12 2:28 A

I really have to keep my carbs on the lower end of the scale because if I eat towards the higher end I balloon up!

SHEILA234 Posts: 328
2/28/12 12:32 A

I have lost weight while eating whole wheat pasta and a tomato-based sauce sometimes for supper --- as long as I keep the portion size under control, which can be the hard part.

I find that pasta is very filling, though, and that I'm then less prone to snack in the evening afterward.

Maybe it depends on the person, as some people don't seem to be able to eat any sort of wheat products without gaining weight. That has not been my experience, though.


Edited by: SHEILA234 at: 2/28/2012 (00:34)
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2/28/12 12:17 A


AMYNYNJ SparkPoints: (66,133)
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2/28/12 12:00 A

I'm not sure. As the others have said it sounds like temporary bloating rather than weight gain.

2/27/12 11:39 P

When my husband checked his blood sugar after eating pasta, it was high at one hour after the meal. But at 4 hours, it was even higher. Pasta causes a delayed blood sugar spike. That isn't good for you.

It is one of my favorite foods, too. Just have to get the portion way, way down.

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2/23/12 3:27 P


J2740LOU SparkPoints: (320,632)
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2/23/12 3:19 P

No, not if you eat a "portion" and plan for eating it in your nutrition tracker, plus the sauce or anything else that you put in it or on it.

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2/23/12 1:03 P

I agree with the ethnic foods and how they are very veggie based. We have lost that in the Americanization of them.

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2/23/12 12:24 P


I want to clarify that I am not saying "People act like Asians eat buttered rice, or Italians eat pasta with tomato sauce.. and amazingly lose weight!!"

I am saying that there are staples in various cultures that are not related to getting fat. Much like our own culture when there was nothing "light" or "fat free" and there were not weight's moderation.

Movement and portion control.

MANDYJ73 Posts: 310
2/23/12 12:24 P


I eat whole wheat pasta several times per week.... al dente of course, it takes longer to digest that way which lowers its glycemic index. I only eat 50 grams in a serving... suggested serving is 85 grams. I also love no yolks egg noodles instead of pasta.

I lose 3-5 pounds each week eating pasta almost every day. Potions, portions, portions.

REDSHOES2011 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/23/12 12:16 P

just doesn't fill me up- prefer complex carbs..

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
2/23/12 2:41 A

Some of my high school buddies are Korean.. They do eat some rice, usually a tiny cup, with meat or fish, but a large portion of their diet was VEGETABLES.. People act like Asians eat buttered rice, or Italians eat pasta with tomato sauce.. and amazingly lose weight!!

What are you eating with the pasta? A 1/2 cup of noodles with a cup of mushrooms, and 2 cups of diced tomatoes is not the same as noodles with alfredo sauce.

I don't think pasta is great for you, but I would put it in the same category as potatoes.

to the OP.. you might want to get some content on the glycemic index.. making some changes to the types of carbs, can make a difference. 3 servings of vegetables might spike the blood sugar the same as 1 serving of pasta.

Five Servings is minimum.. nothing saying you can't double up on veggies, and skip the pasta.

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2/22/12 10:28 P

I might not be one who should talk being that my portions have been out of control...however, pragmatically speaking about the pasta/rice arguments...the Italian and Asian cultures so not seem to have weight issues related to pasta or rice.

Moderation and movement seem to the key.

Edited by: 3RDTIMEISACHARM at: 2/22/2012 (22:30)
RAE_LEIGH22 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/22/12 8:05 P

Not at all. But pasta is one of those foods that isn't particularly good, and isn't particularly bad. So as long as I eat fruits and vegetables throughout the day and watch the portion of the pasta I will lose.

DIETER27 Posts: 8,913
2/22/12 7:38 P

I eat whole wheat pasta with veggies and portion it out for the amount I am allowed on weight watchers.

SPIFFDEB SparkPoints: (0)
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2/22/12 7:34 P

I get very bloated.

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
2/22/12 7:32 P

not if I stay within portions

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,868
2/22/12 11:42 A

i use to feel so bloated with regular pasta... now we get whole wheat much better , but i don't eat a lot of it

SARAGWYNE Posts: 4,520
2/22/12 10:46 A

Yes, but my weight gain is caused by bloating and my inability to eat gluten. Since going wheat/gluten free in November, my life has changed dramatically for the better and I am finally regaining energy and strength and am no longer gaining weight inexplicably. You may be able to digest gluten safely but I agree that it is worth checking out "Wheat Belly" to see if you could benefit too. In my case, I believe that eliminating gluten has literally saved my life.

EMKD16 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/22/12 10:08 A

Google "wheat belly" I am gradually cutting wheat out of my diet completely. I already feel better.

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2/22/12 10:02 A

Too much definitely does, but some carbs are needed in moderation.

ARKCMOM Posts: 2,745
2/22/12 6:36 A

Not sure if I gain weight, but it spikes my blood sugar (heck brown rice and oatmeal spike it)

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2/22/12 3:50 A

No, it is the sauce you put on it that has all the calories. So once a week I cook myself some
spaghetti and toss it with a little low calorie spread. Delicious

JULESJ1OK Posts: 1,355
2/22/12 1:37 A

Not sure but it feels like it... especially if you drink a full glass of water, makes me feel so bloated for certain. I swear though if I eat ice cream it does though... I might as well just spackle it on my hips. emoticon

BITTERQUILL Posts: 1,639
2/22/12 1:33 A

Your own report indicates that the weight was temporary. Many people bloat if they eat too many carbs, especially refined carbs, and "too many" can mean very different things depending on your body. My guess is that's what happened, not that you put on a pound of stored fat. To gain a pound of *real* weight (not just water retention, bloating, etc), you'd have to eat about 16 cups of cooked pasta on *top* of satisfying your BMR.

You should probably stop weighing yourself so often, for your own peace of mind. As you can see, certain foods will cause bloating and make it look like you're gaining weight when you're not. If you weigh once a week (or even just once a month), you'll probably see a consistent downward trend even if you continue to incorporate healthy portions of pasta (assuming you get a deficit in general).

Edited by: BITTERQUILL at: 2/22/2012 (01:37)
KEARLEYT SparkPoints: (0)
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2/22/12 1:17 A

I haven't noticed, I keep everything in range but have noticed normal ups and downs. I'll keep an eye on it now when I have pasta.

JINXSTORM Posts: 6,719
2/23/11 6:53 P

Not sure I dont eat pasta, probably all mental in my case.

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2/23/11 6:49 P

I don't think it makes me gain (if portioned) but I do feel like I don't make progress on the days I have pasta. I guess it's the density of the carbs. There's probably a reason why marathoners load up on pasta the night before a race.

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ATZIONCH Posts: 3,792
2/23/11 6:48 P

Not if it's within my daily calorie range

ALEXANDERLISA SparkPoints: (0)
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2/23/11 6:20 P

It is no longer my imagination that everytime I eat pasta I gain weight. I ate some on sunday and monday I was 1lb or so heavier. I weighed in again on tues and the extra weight was gone. I ate some again on tues, and wed the weight was back. My portions were right and still there is was. Does anyone else have this issue? emoticon

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