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Cutting back on bread products may be part of a strategy to reduce calorie or carbohydrate intake to lose weight. Mayo Clinic explains that a low-carbohydrate diet aims to make the body burn stored fat for energy, which leads to weight loss.
Refined carbohydrates (including white flour bread) are notorious for taking blood sugar levels through the roof, only to have them drop again. The Harvard School of Public Health notes that easily digestible carbohydrates can contribute to weight gain, interfere with your weight loss plan, promote diabetes and heart disease.
Giving up bread helps your daily calorie count decrease plan for weight loss. But it will not be of much use if you replace it with other unhealthy foods that are also high in calories.
Most people can lose weight by restricting calories and increasing physical activity.
An individually planned diet can help reduce 500 to 1000 kcal per day to achieve a weight loss of 2 to 4 pounds in 15 days and follow the weekly loss for six months, according to the National Institutes of Health.
The minimum total daily calorie intake recommended by the Dietary Guidelines is 1,600 for adult women and 2,000 for adult men.
According to the Mayo Clinic, low-carbohydrate diets, especially very low-carbohydrate diets, can lead to greater short-term weight loss than low-fat diets.
How much weight can you lose if you stop eating bread?
It depends on how much bread you currently consume, the type of bread, and what you will eat instead.
By saving 500 to 750 calories per day you can lose 1 pound to 1 1/2 pounds per week; Cutting 400 calories a day can lead you to lose 3 pounds in 4 weeks, explains dietitian Jill Corleone on LiveStrong.
Two slices of white bread have 150 calories or more. When you don’t eat much bread, for example 1 or 2 slices, you may not lose much weight when you stop consuming it and if you do not make any other adjustments to your diet, such as reducing the consumption of other foods that provide a lot of empty calories (they are not nutritious).
If you currently eat 6 slices of white bread a day, just by eliminating this food from your diet you will be reducing 450 calories a day.
If you love bread, this food can be part of your balanced diet if your consumption is moderate, you choose a healthy option and eliminate other sources of unhealthy carbohydrates such as white rice, soft drinks, potatoes, cakes and cookies.
A healthy bread is made with whole grains, like 100 percent whole wheat bread. Complex carbohydrates digest more slowly and have less effect on blood sugar than refined carbohydrates, and they also provide fiber. Fiber is a nutrient that helps you feel full, contributes to your intestinal health.
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