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Anybody diet successfully with popcorn daily? A bag of light micro popcorn has about 10 grams of fat and 38 grams of carbs. People tell me this will stall my weight loss because of the high carbs. But two slices of wheat bread or a bagel have 40 carbs also. I eat about 6 slices of bread daily. What is the difference between eating bread and popcorn? Every diet forum that I visit says popcorn is to be avoided when dieting for some reason. Can anyone tell me why popcorn is so bad. Just curious because I count all my calories, but my weight loss has stalled for some reason. 

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It's pretty empty nutrition wise, and definitely won't keep you satisfied long--in my opinion, empty calories. Bread, depending on the kind probably has more nutrients than popcorn.

I don't think popcorn will stall your efforts, assuming you eat it in moderation with an otherwise healthy diet. I would just make sure it doesn't have partially hydrogenated oils it. And get the light ones that have less fat in them. I eat popcorn almost everyday, and the best thing with popcorn is a buddy to eat it with c: twice the fun... half the calories and fat haha. the best diet is one you can live with. and if popcorn is something you crave, imo, it is better to eat it in moderation that be miserable without it. you only live once c:

OK i was intrigued, there seems to be many different ideas out there but i think it is because it is processed and because some people eat too much Undecided

 

http://www.livestrong.com/article/229345-popc orn-dieting/

http://www.ehow.com/how_2079400_lose-weight-p opcorn-diet.html

Original Post by a_c_m:

It's pretty empty nutrition wise, and definitely won't keep you satisfied long--in my opinion, empty calories. Bread, depending on the kind probably has more nutrients than popcorn.

I agree. I like popcorn, but it's not something I'd want to eat daily, especially if I wasn't adding any butter or salt to it.

At some point, my dad heard that eating popcorn was good for losing weight. So he ate tons of it. And didn't cut down on all the other stuff he ate. Needless to say, he didn't lose weight, but there was a lot wrong with his methods - I'd say it was pretty unrelated to the popcorn.

varcourt - how do you consider popcorn processed? Unless you consider anything cooked as processed?

Well I have lost weight and eat air popped popcorn a lot. Popcorn does contain fiber so I don't agree with it being completely empty calories. It is the perfect thing to munch on when you just crave a "snack" but not necessarily food. Plus, I got this new buffalo flavored popcorn seasoning from Target which is sooooooo good. It tastes just like a hot wing and is so spicy. It definitely gives your taste buds a "kick" which is all you want sometimes.

I don't do anything corn, or made of corn.

Corn is the worst thing that has ever happened to our nation. Its processed and made into literally everything, it's a cheap genetically modified food that can be grown in pretty much any condition, it's cheap to produce, cheap to process, cheap to buy, and worst of all, it destroys your health.

watch the documentary King Corn, and you'll rethink reaching for that microwave pop-crap

Original Post by mizdezigner:

Well I have lost weight and eat air popped popcorn a lot. Popcorn does contain fiber so I don't agree with it being completely empty calories. It is the perfect thing to munch on when you just crave a "snack" but not necessarily food. Plus, I got this new buffalo flavored popcorn seasoning from Target which is sooooooo good. It tastes just like a hot wing and is so spicy. It definitely gives your taste buds a "kick" which is all you want sometimes.

 I do agree that there isn't much nutritional value to it. I mainly eat it in the evening when I crave something and don't want to add a huge amount of calories. A whole bag contains about 230 calories, which isn't much considering other snack options. Glad to hear that you have lost weight while included it in your diet. I find it very difficult to get full when I cut out popcorn. I used to snack on apples and other fruits, but they just don't keep me satisfied foir very long. Popcorn usually holds me for a few hours.

I ate a bag of light popcorn for a snack a few times a week, for most weeks in the past 2 years I've lost 35#/kept off 35#.

But Make sure you don't overdo it on the carbs. 

Because of my popcorn habit, my macro % looked like: 60c, 17protein, 23 fat. It made me softer.  Now that I try to bring my carbs closer to 50%, my figure  seems firmer...but that's just me.

 

Original Post by mjsophia:

I ate a bag of light popcorn for a snack a few times a week, for most weeks in the past 2 years I've lost 35#/kept off 35#.

But Make sure you don't overdo it on the carbs. 

Because of my popcorn habit, my macro % looked like: 60c, 17protein, 23 fat. It made me softer.  Now that I try to bring my carbs closer to 50%, my figure  seems firmer...but that's just me.

 

 Hmm. Maybe that's part of my problem. I don't normally keep track of my macro %. I just track my total calories and try to get enough protein daily. I probably over do on the carbs most days eating wheat bread, baked potatoes, and popcorn.

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Jun 17 2011 21:09
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carmen the next time you eat of the daily cow, chicken or pig

think about how they did you a favor by eating corn in your place

farming is a neolithic activity, and most of that corn is fed to neolithic animals

better play it safe and switch to wild squirrels for your meat

OP, popcorn contains a lot of fiber, but beyond that it's low in nutrients. It also digests fast so is gone in a hurry, and the calorie density is very low. Not a great food overall, but better than most snack foods. It has never hindered my weight loss if I counted it. A no brainer compared with salty/greasy/starchy restaurant food.

I eat air popped pop corn all the time. It's a delicious, easy snack. I rarely use butter -- often I'll spritz some aerosolized olive oil and sprinkle salt. If I'm feeling adventurous, some parmesan cheese.

I think it is one of my favorite snack foods -- you can eat a lot of it for relatively few calories.

Original Post by thhq:

carmen the next time you eat of the daily cow, chicken or pig

think about how they did you a favor by eating corn in your place

farming is a neolithic activity, and most of that corn is fed to neolithic animals

better play it safe and switch to wild squirrels for your meat

OP, popcorn contains a lot of fiber, but beyond that it's low in nutrients. It also digests fast so is gone in a hurry, and the calorie density is very low. Not a great food overall, but better than most snack foods. It has never hindered my weight loss if I counted it. A no brainer compared with salty/greasy/starchy restaurant food.

most of my meat comes from organic eggs, organic chicken, wild fish, and occasionally buffalo

very rarely do i eat beef, and I NEVER will touch pig, organic or not

I don't eat mass produced/supermarket animals BECAUSE they are fed corn! I told you it's in EVERYTHING! Corn is used to fatten them up quickly, it is not part of their natural diet, and it makes them sick, fat, and unhealthy. Corn fed beef is tons fattier then grass fed beef. 

so yeah nice try.. 

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Jun 17 2011 22:45
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The cave-person did not have chickens or cows. Amazing how fast those critters were adapted, as were all of us neo humans. The inability to digest grain is practically selected out of us.

Darwin would be pleased. The Origin of the Species is based on animal husbandry. Survival of the fittest pertains to intentional selection for neolithic animals like greyhounds and race horses.

Stick with the squirrels and maybe a wild razor clam now and then.

As long as you don't eat like three bags a day, seven days a week (a woman I used to know said she did this back in her college days...now she can't eat popcorn at all).

Trust me, I LOVEEE the super butter popcorn, but I've found snacks I like better (namely, fruit), so after my brother/me finishes off the box in the pantry, I doubt I'll get more. 

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Microwave popcorn makes baby jesus cry.  It's also an industrial toxin that makes the people who work in the popcorn factories sick.

I eat oil-popped popcorn all the time.  2 tsp of grapeseed oil and 40 g of popcorn kernels is less than 200 calories and delicious with just a bit of salt.  And real popcorn is an excellent source of fiber.  Never stops me from losing weight.

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I normally use 1/4 cup and pop in a teaspoon of olive oil. I've tried a lot of different kinds and like S&W from Sandwich IL the best. Small kernels, and usually 100% edible with no hard centers. This also makes a good low cal caramel corn but that's a whole other story.

Organic chicken still gets fed corn, and often ground up other chickens.  Plus, if you're in North America, it tests just as high for antibiotics as the regular stuff.  "Organic" is a farce.

It's the free-range stuff you really want, they're the ones that eat bugs out in the fields.

But really, pheasant is where it's at.  Just don't bite down too hard, or you might get a bit of the buckshot in your teeth :)

Original Post by mlog116311745:

Anybody diet successfully with popcorn daily? A bag of light micro popcorn has about 10 grams of fat and 38 grams of carbs. People tell me this will stall my weight loss because of the high carbs. But two slices of wheat bread or a bagel have 40 carbs also. I eat about 6 slices of bread daily. What is the difference between eating bread and popcorn? Every diet forum that I visit says popcorn is to be avoided when dieting for some reason. Can anyone tell me why popcorn is so bad. Just curious because I count all my calories, but my weight loss has stalled for some reason. 


It's usually not the popcorn (low in calories by itself and bascially equivalent to corn on the cob) but the butter or fat.  Butter/fat will add a lot of calories.


Air-popped popcorn can be made with basically no fat and is real low in calories.

Yeah i was pretty succesful when eating popcorn, and i still do usually 1x a day at least and most the time its the whole bag to myself or at least over half because my fiance eats it with me, if he hogs it too much i'll make 2 bags ... anyways, it really depends I think on ur technique, and as long as ur monitoring your calorie intake/output it works fine just like most. I've lost 85 lbs and that was eating popcorn almost every day or multiple times a day, along with pickles. Those are my favorite two snacks that are lower in calories than most goodies i like to snack on and theyre actually my favorite snacks of like almost allll time. popcorn, pickles, and v8, a daily must have for me :) good luck.

Original Post by vbeattie:

Organic chicken still gets fed corn, and often ground up other chickens.  Plus, if you're in North America, it tests just as high for antibiotics as the regular stuff.  "Organic" is a farce.

It's the free-range stuff you really want, they're the ones that eat bugs out in the fields.

But really, pheasant is where it's at.  Just don't bite down too hard, or you might get a bit of the buckshot in your teeth :)

As appetizing as scrawny, diseased, bug-fed chickens sound, I heard that chickens are dumb enough that if you really give them free range, they tend to peck the crap out of one another. Nature is beautiful. No, wait. The other thing. Sick.

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