Especially now, there are many different kinds of Instant Ramen Noodles in terms of soup base as well as noodle texture.
Inside a bag of your standard ramen noodles are the noodles themselves of course, as well as dehydrated veggies/flakes and a granulated sauce packet.
The sauce packet is filled with flavor and is what brings the ramen noodles to life.
Even though the sauce packet is unquestionably tasty, it has high sodium content along with MSG which is not very good for you.
Instant Ramen Noodles are still bad for you without the packet as the noodles themselves carry lots of sodium and are deep-fried in order to preserve its shape before cooking. Most of the noodles you find in Instant Ramen packages also carry around 49 grams of carbs with 15 grams of fat per 6 ounces which is not ideal to eat when trying to maintain a healthy weight.
Ramen Noodles are not the best to eat even without the packets, but this doesn’t mean you have to give these noodles up entirely.
With that being said, let’s take a look at 5 tips to keep in mind so that you are enjoying Ramen Noodles without the packet and still staying fit.
Tip 2: Know How Many Calories You Should Be Consuming In a Day Alongside Ramen Noodles Without the Packet
Tip 4: Make Sure You Are Consistently Working Out and Building Muscle If You Decide To Eat Ramen Noodles Without the Packet
Tip 5: Find Alternatives For the Granulated Sauce Packet In Order To Still Bring Lots of Flavor to Your Ramen Noodles
Now that we know 5 steps to staying healthy while eating Ramen Noodles without the packet, let’s get into it!
Do Ramen Noodles Make You Fat?
Instant ramen tends to be fattening, with or without the seasoning packet. This is because ramen noodles are high in calories and low in fiber.
However, keep in mind: Individual foods don’t actually make you fat. Rather, it’s your overall diet and calorie balance that results in weight gain vs weight loss.
Therefore, it is possible to eat ramen (and other junk food) and still lose weight. In fact, there have been multiple famous stories of people who ate nothing but McDonalds and lost weight, just to prove this point.
As long as you’re in an overall calorie deficit—that is, you’re burning more energy than you eat—you will typically lose weight. However, it can still be said that ramen noodles are “fattening.” Here’s why.
When you eat highly processed food like ramen noodles, you feel less full for each 100 calories you eat. Since the noodles are high in calories and low in fiber, they don’t fill you up as much as whole foods for each 100 calories.
Compare it to something like beans, whole grains, or vegetables. These whole plant foods are high in fiber, and comparatively low in calories. That means you can eat big servings for the same amount of calories as a small bowl of ramen.
This is a concept called calorie density, and it’s one of the big keys to healthy weight loss. If you focus on eating high-fiber, low-calorie foods, then you can eat many big meals and still lose weight.
Now, if you want to eat processed food like instant ramen on your diet, you can… But you will likely need to use more will-power to limit your serving sizes. Or you may need to use strategies like intermittent fasting or going to bed a little hungry.
In any case, the instant ramen will still not be healthy. Even if you only eat a small portion, it’s still empty calories—and you’d be nourishing your body more by eating whole foods.
Tip 3: Track Macronutrients As You Enjoy Ramen Noodles Without the Packet
If you have taken a look at some of the other articles on our blog, you have probably seen how much we emphasize balancing the three macronutrients which are protein, fat and carbs.
If this is your first time on our blog, thanks for checking it out and I hope that we can increase your understanding of macronutrients to help you on your health journey.
It is generally very hard to balance out macronutrients, especially when dining out.
This is because many food options in a meal present an imbalance between carbs + fats and protein.
You want the calories you consume in a day to come from 33% protein, 22% fats, and 45% carbs.
This is the ideal balance that you want to reach because they all serve special functions in providing for your body.
As an example, let’s say that you should be eating 180 grams of carbs, 120 grams of protein, and 55 grams of fat.
In a food such as Ramen Noodles, it has 40 grams of carbs, 8 grams of protein, and 15 grams of fat, not including the packet.
You want to balance out your other meals and snacks throughout the day to meet those numbers as close as you can.
Keeping track of your macronutrients is the first step and balancing them is the next step.
It will take a lot of practice in the beginning but if you follow through with tracking macronutrients, you will definitely see results.
To track macronutrients, you need to know your own personal macronutrient values which can be found through a TDEE calculator.
Now that you are more familiar about macronutrients and how to balance them, you need to make sure that you are staying active on a daily basis.
You want to see that lean muscle coming through.
Mon: Chest, Shoulders, Triceps, Abs (Push Day)
Wed: Legs & Abs
Fri: Back & Biceps (Pull Day)
This is a simple resistance training workout plan.
What I recommend is to just look these workouts up on Youtube and choose weights that are not too heavy at first so you can really get your form down.
When you feel that you’ve grasped the form, feel free to go heavier and heavier every week. Remember, this will not get you big and bulky.
It will get you nice and lean.
Now that we’ve covered the importance of staying active on a regular basis, let’s move onto some alternatives for the sauce packets in Ramen Noodles.
How many calories is Top ramen without the seasoning?
How much sodium does Top ramen have without seasoning?
Are there calories in ramen seasoning?
An example of the Nutrition Information for a whole packet of Ramen Chicken Flavor: Calories 18, Total Fat <1g, Cholesterol 0g, Sodium 1280mg, Total Carbohydrates 1g, Protein <1g. Attached is a PDF of the noodles only Nutrient information for reference.