Is pasta actually bad for you? The truth about the food ban that Lisa Reilly credits for her weight loss

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LISA Riley has undergone a dramatic transformation in recent years, shedding 12 stone and slimming from a size 22 to a size 12.

And the actress admitted on This Morning today that she credited ditching pasta as one of the big reasons for her weight loss.

 Lisa revealed she hasn't touched pasta in 19 monthsRex Features Lisa revealed she hasn’t touched pasta in 19 months

Lisa, 41, was discussing the secrets of her diet success as she promoted her new book, Honesty Diet, and insisted: “I haven’t had pasta in nineteen months.”

She added: “This is my life now.”

But do you really need to cut pasta out of your diet to see success?

Sun nutritionist Amanda Ursell insists it’s not pasta that we need to cut from our diets but the way we eat it.

 Lisa went from a size 22 to a size 12 after overhauling her dietCopyright (c) 2017 Rex Features. No use without permission. Lisa went from a size 22 to a size 12 after overhauling her diet  Nutritionist Amanda (pictured) says pasta can be part of a healthy dietDaniel Jones – The Sun Nutritionist Amanda (pictured) says pasta can be part of a healthy diet

She explains: “Pasta does get an unfair rep in the diet world.

“White or brown pasta has a Low Glycemic Index, which means it’s easier to digest and easier to metabolise.

“Brown pasta is a fantastic source of fibre and it keeps you feeling fuller for longer.”

She adds: “I think the trouble with pasta is we tend to have very large portions. A typical suggested serving would be around 70 grams uncooked but I think many people often double that.

 Amanda says brown pasta is a great source of fibreCredit: Steve Stock / Alamy Stock Photo Amanda says brown pasta is a great source of fibre

Amanda’s key tips

  • Keep your pasta portion size to around 70 grams uncooked
  • Avoid creamy sauces and opt for a tomato or a fish sauce
  • Brown pasta is a great source of fibre
  • Avoid calorfic sides like garlic bread and opt for a healthy salad instead

“Then they add creamy sauces and often calorific sides, like garlic bread.”

Amanda says that whilst she understands Lisa’s decision to cut out pasta, she wouldn’t advocate banning the food for everyone.

“Any diet that cuts out bread or pasta or a particular food group isn’t always a sensible approach.




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