Why It's Really OK to Eat Some Bread
By Genevieve Cunningham
Bread. For some people, just the word makes them afraid of gaining five pounds. As a society, we’ve convinced ourselves that bread is the enemy. We skip it as often as we can … even if we’re internally cringing at the thought of doing without. So what’s the deal? Is it really necessary to do without bread? Or is this an idea that’s outdated? If you’re a bread lover, take a look at why it’s really OK to eat some bread, and how to lose weight anyway.
One of the most important things to remember when we’re talking about diet is that moderation really, really matters. Almost anything can be bad for you when it’s consumed in excess, and this is also true when it comes to bread. If you’re eating bread all day long, or if you’re eating multiple pieces at every meal, then it may be contributing to weight gain. But if you eat in moderation -- a piece per day, for example -- you can likely enjoy the doughy goodness without worrying over the negative side effects.
Carbs are Not the Enemy
Everyone thinks that carbohydrates are the enemy to weight loss. Can carbs prevent you from losing weight? Yes, it’s possible. But it’s not guaranteed. Carbohydrates can actually provide the body with much needed energy. It gives your body something to burn. The problem comes in when we either don’t balance our carbs with other nutrients or we eat too many. To gain the benefits without the weight, balance your carbs carefully with protein and veggies, and keep overall intake to a minimum.
Bread Can Keep You Full
One of the good things about bread is that it’s incredibly filling. If you need something that keeps the hunger away for a while, bread might be a good option. But don’t use it for every snack. Instead, use it to eat less at lunch or dinner, or use it when you know you won’t be eating for a while. And of course, don’t overdo it. It doesn’t take much to make your stomach feel full. Be sparing with it, but enjoy it on occasion.
Too much bread, like too much of almost anything, can cause you to gain weight or for your general health to decline. But you don’t have to give it up completely. Be sparing, and enjoy a little bread from time to time. With a little self-discipline and strategic planning, you can totally eat your bread and keep yourself healthy for the rest of your life.
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