We’re going to start by saying, YES you can still eat bread AND still lose weight. Bread is usually left out of weight loss meal plans as it 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 and strongly believe (and have proven) that incredible and sustainable weight loss results come from following meal plans that incorporate 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 7 best breads to eat when following a weight loss plan.
Read on to discover the following:
- different types of healthy bread for losing weight
- not all bread are bad carbohydrates
- effective weight loss program for mums
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- What bread do you eat when trying to lose weight?
- The 7 best breads for losing weight
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What bread do you eat when trying to lose weight?
In basic terms, most people will lose weight if they’re taking in less energy through their food than they are spending every day. Foods that are very low in calories include fruit and vegetables, and foods that 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 kilos don’t need to cut out bread completely, but it is important to understand that some bread is more appropriate for weight loss than others. Whole-grain bread, for instance, can actually HELP with weight loss.
Not all pieces of bread 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 bread can have on blood sugar) should be examined as well.
The 7 best breads for losing weight
Eating bread whilst trying to lose weight doesn’t mean you’ll be thrown off your weight loss meal plan. You just need to find the right bread.
Here we’ve listed the 7 best breads you can enjoy whilst still working on your weight loss plan. So eat bread and enjoy yourself without worrying about your weight loss.
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 bread at some supermarkets and most health food stores.
2. 100% whole wheat breads
Also known as wholemeal, unlike white bread, it’s made from more unrefined wheat 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 halfway through the morning.
Look for 100% whole wheat flour on the label, 3 grams of fibre and 3 grams of sugar per slice.
3. Whole grain breads
Made up of grains that are fully intact, whole grain bread tends to have fewer 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 and 3 grams of sugar per slice.
Wholegrain is a healthy choice, even for those simply maintaining their weight loss.
4. Oat bread
Oat bread is made from a combination of oats, yeast, water and salt as well as whole-wheat flour.
This bread is particularly good, as oats are high in fibre and can help lower cholesterol levels, regulate blood sugar levels and lower blood pressure.
5. Mountain bread
Amazingly, Mountain Bread is an extremely light option and has just 72 calories per serve. And you don’t have to just use it for wraps, it also makes a fantastic low carb pizza base.
6. Rye bread
Rye breads are made from whole-grain sprouted rye flour. However, traditional rye bread is only solely from rye flour and doesn’t contain any wheat flour.
Sprouting rye flour has high fibre content and helps regulate your blood sugar level, which is why it’s particularly popular among diabetics.
7. Flax bread
Flax bread, also known as flaxseed bread, is made from whole-grain flour and flax seeds. In fact, it is one of the healthiest bread you can eat as it is so high in omega-3 and omega-6.