How I lost 7 pounds eating popcorn at night?

Is popcorn good for losing weight?

Popcorn can help you lose weight. I used to think that eating popcorn was a guilty pleasure. On the contrary, popcorn can help you lose weight effortlessly. You have to follow only 1 simple rule!

Is popcorn good for losing weight?

Air-popped popcorn is the ideal snack for losing weight. Popcorn is really low in calories, but high in fiber. A cup of popcorn has only 31 calories, 1g of fiber and 1g of protein. Popcorn keeps you full for a long time. You can eat it even late at night as a healthy snack. It’s simply the best food for losing weight.

How I lost weight eating popcorn late at night?

I’m a night eater. I always enjoyed a healthy meal late at night, watching my favorite TV program. Sounds familiar?

I couldn’t lose some extra pounds, even after I started running. As it was really difficult for me to quit dinner late at night, I decided to cut down calories. After all, eating late at night doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll gain weight.

My dinner used to be about 500-700 calories. So, I decided to eat popcorn instead. A cup of air-popped popcorn has only 31 calories (1).

Let’s be honest. No one eats only a cup of popcorn. Most people eat at least 5 cups. I eat about 7 cups at night. That ‘s about 220 calories. Only 220 calories!!!

Eating popcorn as a late night snack is wonderful for losing weight. So, just by eating popcorn at night, I consumed fewer calories. About 400 calories fewer. Just by this tiny change to my diet.

We need to burn 3,500 calories, in order, to lose 1 pound of body weight. So, I lost my first pound after 8 days. It took me about 2 1/2 months to lose 7 pounds. Mainly due to eating popcorn late at night, as a healthy snack!

Is popcorn healthy for losing weight?

Eating popcorn is pretty healthy. After all, popcorn is a whole grain-food. It’s high in nutrients and also fiber!

Nutritional value of popcorn

A cup of air-popped popcorn has 1g of fiber. Most people eat at least 5 cups. Therefore, a serving of popcorn (5 cups) contains more than 5g of dietary fiber. We need about 28g of fiber daily. So, eating popcorn provides about 17% DV (Daily Value), or even more. Popcorn is a food particularly high in fiber. I eat it regularly.

Additionally, just a cup of air-popped popcorn contains many minerals and antioxidants. Certainly, eating popcorn is good for your health. Analytically, according to the USDA a cup of popcorn contains (1):

  • calcium (0.56 mg),
  • iron (0.25 mg),
  • magnesium (11.4 mg),
  • phosphorus (28.6 mg),
  • potassium (26.2 mg),
  • zinc (0.25 mg),
  • lutein & zeaxanthin (116 mcg).

As you can see just 1 cup of popped popcorn is rich in nutrients. For instance, lutein and zeaxanthin are powerful carotenoids. Particularly important for eye health. Only a few foods are rich sources of these eye-protector carotenoids. See the whole list here.

Homemade popcorn: Hot air machine vs microwave

If you want to lose weight fast you should eat only homemade popcorn. Commercial popcorn is pretty high in calories. Avoid it if you want to lose weight.

Furthermore, commercial popcorn may be bad for your health. The seasoning, the type of fat and even the packaging may be bad for your health. Better avoid commercial popcorn. You can prepare your healthy popcorn in no time.

There are 2 easy ways to prepare low-calorie popcorn at home. You can use a hot-air popcorn maker or just put corn kernels in the microwave.

I personally use a hot-air popcorn machine. I bought a simple popcorn machine from Amazon. Best $20 I’ve ever spent!

If you have a microwave you could also use one of these silicone popcorn poppers. In a couple of minutes you’ll enjoy popcorn. The best part? No oil or butter is required!

When does eating popcorn become bad for weight loss?

Popcorn is great for losing weight because it’s low in calories and keeps you full for a really long time.

On the contrary, if you enjoy popcorn with any calorie-dense seasoning it can make you fat.

For instance, a cup of caramel coated popcorn has about 150 calories! 5-times more calories than simple air-popped popcorn.

If you want to lose weight, don’t add butter neither any vegetable oil on your popcorn. They’re pretty high in calories. A tablespoon contains about 120 calories! No, thanks!

Can I depend on popcorn for losing weight?

The No1 rule for losing weight is calorie deficit. Popcorn helps to lose weight due to, the fact that they’re pretty low in calories.

Therefore, popcorn promotes calorie deficit, but eating it doesn’t guarantee weight loss. Popcorn should be part of a healthy balanced plant-based diet. If you can’t lose weight, even though you’re following a whole food plant-based diet, you’re probably doing one or more of these common diet mistakes.

QUIZ: Why can’t I lose weight on a plant-based diet?

Do you have a diet meal plan?
Save money on vegan diet
Planning will save you money.
Yes, I have 4-6 meals per day
No, I eat whenever I'm hungry
No, I just eat healthy
I used to have

Yes!

Hmm

How often do you eat salads?
lemon olive oil dressing
Evey day, as a meal
Daily, as part of a meal
2-3 times per week
Actually, I don't like them

Yes!

Hmm

Do you eat breakfast?
How much fiber in oatmeal?
Yes, I eat a huge breakfast
Yes, I eat about 500 calories at breakfast
No, I can't eat in the morning
My 1st meal is at 1pm.

Yes!

Hmm

Do you eat seeds daily?
Common foods rich in zinc for vegetarians and vegans
Seed and nuts are rich in zinc.
No, I don't like them
Yes, I try to eat lots of them
Yes, but I only eat a handful
No, they're high in calories

Yes!

Hmm

Do you lift weights?
Is maca powder a good supplement for building muscle?
Yes, I want to increase my lean mass
Yes, I want to lose weight fast
No actually
Yes, sometimes

Yes!

Hmm

Do you eat popcorn?
Is popcorn good for losing weight?
Yes, I love homemade air-popped popcorn
Yes I eat popcorn at the movies
I'm not a fun
Yes I love the butter seasoning

Yes!

Hmm

Do you know your resting metabolic rate?
Slim weist for health
Yes, I've measured it
Not really
What is this?
Yes, from online calculators

Yes!

Hmm

Is eating plant-based enough for losing weight?
Mediterranean diet health benefits. How much weight can you lose?
Mediterranean diet food.
Healthy eating doesn't equal weight loss
Yes, healthy eating means weight loss
Yes, I think I consume fewer calories, eating plant-based
I think so

Yes!

Hmm

Do you run?
Peppermint is a natural pre-workout supplement great for exercise.
Yes, at least 2 times a week
No, I prefer bicycling
Yes, to warm up before lifting weights
No, but I walk daily

Yes!

Hmm

What type of dressing do you use on salads?
Olive oil, healthy fats
Spices, mustard, lemon juice
Olive oil with salt & spices
Vegetable oil with lemon juice
Flaxseed oil and pepper

Yes!

Hmm

How often do you eat nuts?
Plant-based foods high in phosphorus are good for you
Daily, a handful
Never actually
I try to eat as many as I can
Once or twice a week

Yes!

Hmm

Do you take supplements?
What are the best natural sources of CoQ10? Can I get Coenzyme Q10 from food or do I need supplements?
No, a plant-based diet provides everything I need
Yes, I have vitamin D deficiency
Yes, I have vitamin B12 deficiency
Yes, I take a multivitamin, just in case

Yes!

Hmm

What time is your last meal?
Is a myth that eating late at night causes weight gain?
I don't have a meal plan
I don't eat after 9pm
I don't eat after 11pm
I eat less than 300 calories late at night

Yes!

Hmm

Do you eat bread?
Does bread make you fat? Are bread calories per slice too many?
Yes, 1 or 2 slices a day
No, I avoid carbs
Yes, about 4 slices
I only eat 2 toasts a day

Yes!

Hmm

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