17 Oct Eat the Bread!
For years, my go-to weight loss strategy was to cut the carbs, increase my protein, and cap my calories at 1200.
Today, that literally sounds miserable! Not only miserable, but more importantly, not sustainable nor realistic. Hence why I yo-yoed for many years. Carbohydrates like bread provide energy for your brain and muscles. Not to mention bread is delicious. Unless you have celiac disease and are avoiding gluten at all cost, eat the bread! It has been reported that 1% of the population has celiac disease, so if you are in that 1%, don’t eat the bread.
Bread = Carbohydrates and rumor has it that carbohydrates are bad. Spoiler alert!
Carbohydrates are essential for your body to perform optimally. The main function of carbohydrates is to provide us with energy. So, why do people always want to cut their carbohydrate intake? Well, carbohydrates are broken down into simple sugars during digestion and absorbed into the bloodstream as glucose (sugar). Insulin then allows glucose to enter the cells as a source of energy. Depending on your bio-individual needs, any unused glucose is stored in the liver or converted to fat for a later use. When you are eating a well-balanced diet consisting of protein, fruits, vegetables, grains, avocados and nuts – eating a piece of bread is perfectly fine, in fact your body will thank you for it!
Recommended daily allowance of carbohydrates is 40-65% of your total calories.
When choosing bread – choose 100% whole grain, sourdough or rye. All are minimally processed and have the highest fiber. Notice, I do not recommend white bread, honey-wheat or any pseudo breads. As with all my recommendations – read the label. If you cannot pronounce it, your body cannot process it.