Oatmeal itself is definitely not fattening, in fact, it is one of the most healthy foods you can eat. But what can be fattening is anything else that may be added to your oatmeal like sugar and milk fat.
So you need to be careful with the brands of oatmeal that you buy and avoid the flavored varieties which can be quite tempting. If you enjoy your oatmeal with milk rather than water and you are concerned about weight loss, you skim or low-fat milk rather than whole milk.
One of the greatest breakfasts you can ever have for your health is a simple bowl of oatmeal porridge. You can make it even better by slicing some fresh fruit to put on top, and to add some protein I sometimes will boil an egg and put it on top of my oatmeal as well. Oatmeal porridge with fresh fruit is currently one of my “standbys” for breakfast and I love it for its simplicity and wonderful healthiness.
Oatmeal does not have a high fat content as only about 8% of its calories are derived from fat. In the small amount of fat that it does contain is largely the healthy type of mono and polyunsaturated fat.
The vast majority of its energy comes from carbohydrates, the healthy kind of complex carbohydrates that release energy slowly in the body and maintain a low glycemic index. This leads to a feeling of fullness and satiation after eating a bowl of oatmeal that will last a long time. You will notice that you will not be hungry for quite some time after eating oatmeal, which is a great characteristic for weight loss.
Oatmeal also contains a healthy dose of both soluble and insoluble fiber, which acts as a sort of sponge for cholesterol in the intestines. If you have problems with your cholesterol level oatmeal can help you in that area as well. Keep in mind that “instant” oatmeal does not contain as much soluble fiber as regular oatmeal, so you need to weight the convenience of instant versus the health benefits of regular oatmeal.
So, oatmeal definitely does not make you fat but in fact can even help with weight loss. Try eating a bowl of oatmeal with fresh fruit every morning and see if you find a difference in your cholesterol levels and weight.