It seems that the first thing people often give up when they decide to go on a diet is bread, having been influenced by the likes of the Atkins diet which advocates reducing the amount of carbohydrates you consume. You don’t have to give up bread to lose weight, though, as weight loss is primarily about reducing the amount of calories you consume while increasing the amount you expend. You may have to reduce the amount of bread you eat if you eat a lot of it, so that you are able to reduce your calorie intake, but you don’t have to give it up altogether. Indeed, it is possible to eat bread and still lose weight.
Eating the ‘right’ kind of bread certainly helps, as if you eat lots of white bread with a thick layer of butter on each slice and a hefty filling in the middle you will end up consuming more calories than if you simply had a couple of slice of wholemeal bread with a thin layer of margarine and a slice of ham as the filling, for instance.
A good proportion of our diet should come from carbohydrates, of which bread contains a lot of. However, if you decide to eat white bread weight loss can be harder, as it is full of refined carbohydrates that will only give you a short burst of energy. If you are on a diet and only eating three meals a day, if one of those meals is a sandwich you want to make sure that you’re going to have enough energy to make it to the next meal. With white bread, though, your energy levels get a boost before quickly plummeting; making it more likely that you will reach for more white bread or some other food that contains substantial quantities of sugar, which can obviously jeopardise your weight-loss plans.
If you consume wholemeal bread, though, you will find that because energy is released gradually into your blood stream you have more energy for longer, which makes it easier to resist the temptation to gorge yourself on calorific junk food.
For some reason the idea that you have to cut out bread from your diet in order to lose weight has really taken off, even though it is perfectly possible to eat bread and lose weight. Perhaps it is because many people eat white bread in large quantities and recognise its addictive quality, and thus find removing it from their diet altogether makes losing weight easier. Eating bread and weight loss are not mutually exclusive, though, since you can still eat bread and lose weight as long as you count calories.