We’re going to start by saying, YES you can eat bread AND still lose weight on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge. Bread is usually left out of weight loss meal plans as it is often deemed as a ‘bad carb’.
The thing is, not ALL breads are created (or rather baked) equally.
Here at The Healthy Mummy we are all about HOLISTIC and HEALTHY eating. We strongly believe (and have proven) that incredible and sustainable weight loss results on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge come from following a meal plan that incorporates all food groups and occasional treats.
Weight loss is all about choosing the RIGHT foods and fuelling your body with the RIGHT nutrients.
Eating bread on a weight loss plan isn’t going to prevent you from hitting your goals. It’s just about knowing WHICH TYPE OF BREAD to eat.
Below we have outlined the 3 best breads to eat when following our weight loss plan.
What bread should you eat when trying to lose weight?
In basic terms, most people will lose weight if they are taking in less energy through their food than they are using every day.
Foods which are very low in calories include fruit and vegetables, and foods which are higher in calories include refined carbs like bread, pasta and potatoes.
The key to losing weight while sticking to a weight loss plan is eating a wide range of foods from all of the different food groups.
People trying to shift the pounds don’t need to cut out bread completely, but it is important to understand that some breads are more appropriate for weight loss than others. Whole grain breads for instance can actually HELP with weight loss.
Not all breads score equally on the GI scale either, so as well as looking at the calorie content of the bread, the GI (and in turn the effect breads can have on blood sugar) should be examined as well.
The 3 best breads for losing weight
1. Ezekiel or sprouted grain bread
Ezekiel bread is made from organic, sprouted whole grains containing several different types of grains and legumes.
Not only is the sugar free content a great plus for Ezekiel bread, the 2 types of sprouted beans in the bread increase the protein content which helps keep blood sugars lower and will have you feeling fuller for longer.
You can find Ezekiel breads at some supermarkets and most health food stores. It is sometimes called sprouted grain bread. One brand you could look out for is Everfresh sprouted rye bread from Holland and Barrett.
2. 100% whole wheat breads
Also known as wholemeal, unlike white bread, it’s made from a more unrefined flour, is higher in fibre and has more vitamins and minerals.
It also is much lower on the GI index than white bread, meaning eating wholemeal will leave you feeling fuller for longer and less likely to raid the cake tin half way through the morning.
Look for 100% whole wheat flour on the label.
3. Whole grain breads
Made up of grains that are fully intact, wholegrain bread tends to be lower in calories than white.
Packaging should always be checked for full nutritional information, and look for the bread to stick to the guidelines of 3 grams of fibre per slice.
Wholegrain is the healthy choice even for those simply maintaining their weight loss.
Are you ready to kick-start your weight loss?
Want to shift your baby weight but feel like you have NO TIME in your day to exercise and eat healthily? That’s where the Healthy Mummy’s 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge can help.
Our Challenge entails:
- 28 days of at home exercise routines (no gym needed) – with video instruction
- Customisable and breastfeeding friendly meal plans
- Time-efficient exercises for busy mums – under 30 mins
- Challenge combines Pilates exercises with interval and circuit training (HIIT)
- Suitable for basic to advanced fitness levels.
- Home to thousands of EASY-TO-MAKE recipes.
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