Many people follow a gluten-free diet. While it’s true that you shouldn’t eat bread if you have a gluten sensitivity, it’s OK to eat it if you don’t have a gluten sensitivity. However, you’ll have much less of a chance of becoming gluten sensitive if you cut back on the white flour products and consume more of the whole wheat breads and pastas.
I got a newsletter from Dr. McDougall regarding a study that was done in 1979 where 16 college guys, who were moderately overweight were able to lose up to 10 pounds a month just by eating an extra 12 slices of bread daily. Their cholesterol and blood pressure levels went down remarkably. And, the guys who ate whole wheat bread instead of white bread had the most improvements for health, regularity in digestion, and weight loss.
They didn’t have to exercise or change anything else about their current diets. Just by eating 12 slices of bread daily, they were able to lose weight. The big reason for this was because their stomachs were feeling full, but it was a fullness from starch and carbohydrates instead of foods with fat. They weren’t as hungry for items such as cheese, hot dogs, meat, eggs, fried chicken, or ice cream sundaes. By eating more starch, they didn’t have as much room left in their stomachs for the typical fattening foods.
Dr. McDougall goes on to clarify that any type of starch could be substituted if you tried to do a diet like this. For every 3 slices of bread, you could substitute one 1 cup of a different starchy food. For example, you could have your 12 pieces of bread daily. Or, you can substitute and combine any of the following foods to equal a total daily 4 cups:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Mashed Potatoes
- Steamed Corn
- Boiled Spaghetti Noodles
- Steamed Rice
- Bread (3 slices for 1 cup)
I don’t think it is the healthiest thing in the world to eat so much bread. But, this study gives light to a new way to lose weight without counting calories or following any strict regimen. And eating less fat will help diabetics improve their blood sugar. Eating less animal proteins will be good for people who are in remission from cancer and don’t want to get cancer again in a few years.
How easy is it to just eat more bread? It’s nice that if you want to try this approach, but don’t feel right about all the bread, you can do a combination based on the above choices.
Healthy comfort foods for healthier weight loss may be the new name of the game when it comes to losing weight fast and easy.