How to Eat Bread and Still Lose Weight

How to Eat Bread and Still Lose Weight

Bread is arguably one of life’s simple pleasures, isn’t it? However, when you are trying to lose weight, you usually cut out a lot of fluffy bread first. But that need not be the case, because bread, just like all foods, is meant to be enjoyed. Certainly, there are ways to avoid weight gain, even when you’re eating bread on the HCG diet.

Does eating bread make you fat?

It depends on how much you eat and which type of bread. Calories are calories, regardless of where they come from. High-calorie, high-carb foods like bread will accumulate fat just as much as ice cream or chocolate. The type of bread you choose also matters. Whole grains are a lot better than white bread. Best bread options to choose from when you finish the phase include:

  • Sprouted grain bread– You can find this in the freezer section. Yes, the freezer section. It’s the best of the best among bread. Sprouted grain bread is all organic, sugar-free, non-GMO, and vegan. It’s made with sprouted whole grains, thus giving it more nutritional content and an excellent carb option during the HCG diet.
  • Whole grain bread– This bread is completely different from white bread. It has twice the amount of fiber as white bread, is high in protein, and provides more vitamins and minerals. Eating whole grain like wheat bread while on the HCG diet is a convenient way to fill up on B vitamins and fiber. When consumed in moderation, it can improve appetite and boost your weight loss.

Why can’t you eat bread in Phase 2?

Calories are calories, and bread contains high calories no matter what type you choose. Besides, Dr. Simeons strictly emphasize that no bread or any forms of carbs, that includes vegetable with high carbs, are allowed during the weight loss phase. The only carb option available during phase 2 is Melba toast or Grissini sticks. You can have either of the two in each meal.

Tips to avoid weight gain while still enjoying bread

  • Follow the 10:1 rule. For every 10 grams of carbs, there should be 1 gram of fiber.
  • Seek out fermented bread. Sourdough, for example, undergoes a fermentation process. Fermentation provides your body with lots of healthy bacteria that help you regulate your digestion and manage your metabolism.
  • Look for barley, bran, and rye. When it comes to munching on bread for weight loss, these are some of your strongest allies. They are rich in soluble fiber called beta-glucan that slows down stomach emptying and reduces sugar spikes.
  • Choose coconut flour over white flour. Coconut flour has fewer carbs and 11 times as much fiber as white flour.
  • Go for darker flours. Bread with darker flour has more antioxidants. Buckwheat, quinoa, and amaranth are gluten-free and healthier flour options.
  • Skip the bagel. Skip the bagel and go for sprouted grains or whole grains. Doing so can help you reduce your calorie intake substantially.

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