Does Eating Bread Make You Gain Weight?
Let's be honest,
There are some foods that you're just not 100% sure on whether you should be eating them or not if you're trying to improve your health, shape and fitness.
When you do eat these foods you sometimes feel guilty, like you have no will power and you also feel like your hard work has gone right out the window.
And there's not many foods that garners as much opinion of whether it is 'good' or 'bad' that good old fashioned, BREAD.
So what's the first thing that pops into your head when i ask, does bread make you fat?
and can it be included on a transformation diet?
It's seems you're split.
A recent poll i ran over on the Chris Mason Performance Facebook page told me that 53% did in fact believe that bread made you gain weight and or body fat.
So what's the deal with the loaf?
what actually is bread?
Structurally speaking, bread is combination of mostly carbohydrate, some protein, a little fat and fibre.
The type of carbohydrate is a complex carbohydrate.
Complex carbohydrates are a combination of simple sugars molecules bonded together in long and complex chains.
Compared to the faster to digest simple sugars (that structurally are one to two sugar molecules known as monosaccharides and disaccharides), complex carbohydrates have much more of an impact on blood sugar levels, create feelings of fullness and slow down digestive transit time.
So What is The Difference between White and Wholegrain Bread?
The key difference between wholegrain bread and white breads is the milling process that occurs to create white bread essentially removes the bran and germ leaving only the endosperm.
When the bran and germ are lost, so are important nutrients such as fibre (which is important for a healthy digestive and excretory system as well as being pivotal for decreasing hunger levels) alongside important vitamins, minerals and anti oxidants.
The process that creates white versions of our favourite foods such as breads, pasta, rice, noodles, crackers, flours to create confectioneries and pastries means that you're left with not as much of the good stuff compared to the wholegrain versions.
Essentially what's happened during that process is all the good stuff that contribute to our health and well-being are lost and refined part of the foods are left.
We already know that the more refined or 'simple' the food sources are blood sugars are likely to rise and fall faster, energy slumps are more common, hunger and sugar cravings are greater and you don't have the same feelings of fullness compared to the versions of those foods that have been left structurally intact.
But does Bread Make You Fat Though?
In a word..... No it doesn't!
Not one singular food has the ability to make you gain weight just by eating it.
Consuming more calories than you expend is still and will always be the number one reason behind weight and body fat gain.
And unless you're suffering with coeliac or auto-immune disease i wouldn't say that bread cannot be a part of a healthy and active lifestyle. I would just recommend opting for the wholegrain versions of bread over the refined versions of course.
If you want to arm yourself with better information as to how to achieve better results without falling for common nutritional myths and misconceptions here are two articles to help you on your way
Reducing Calories For Fat Loss
My Top Ten Tips For A Body Transformation Result
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I'm off to eat a sandwich, wholegrain of course 😉
Yours In Health,