The bread for life diet was devised by Olga Raz, who is a nutritionist from Israel and claims that eating substantial amounts of bread every day can lead to weight loss. Like any diet, it does have pros and cons. But in this article we will take a look at some of the foods that are allowed on the plan, as well as a few to avoid.
It is important to eat the right kind of bread if you are following Raz’s diet. The plan promotes eating up to 16 slices of bread per day, but eating the wrong bread could have detrimental effects on your body. She suggests eating a light, wholegrain bread that averages around 40 calories per slice, rather than heavy, dense versions that can contain twice as many calories. Wholegrain breads contain complex carbs that increase serotonin levels in the body that in turn can reduce the cravings for sweet foods. Whole grains also have a lower glycemic index than those breads containing refined flour. They also make you feel fuller longer.
You can eat as many vegetables as you like on the bread for life diet, so go ahead and make a delicious, fresh sandwich for lunch with no side of guilt! Another idea is to have a large bowl of vegetable soup with your bead. The combination of the water and fiber in the soup will make you feel full. It will also stabilize blood sugar levels and banish those sweet cravings.
One particular vegetable that is great in sandwiches is the avocado. These are a great source of heart healthy “good” fats that are filling and nutritious at the same time.
Yes, it is true. Peanut butter is allowed in this diet, but with one condition – don’t combine it with jelly. Sugar-free jelly is allowed too but, as with other items, not in combination. Peanut butter has good, healthy fats and plenty of protein and fiber to help you feel satisfied and full after eating. Try your local health food store for a version that has no added salt or sugar, and you will really taste the difference!
Meat and Fish
Keeping with the protein idea, lean meats are also allowed in the bread for life diet. So as well as your fresh veggie sandwich, go ahead and add some chicken, tuna canned in spring water or even smoked salmon. Again, the high protein content will give a great feeling of satiety. And as long as you don’t add butter, margarine or mayo, you can eat these up to 3 times per week.
Eggs are allowed by the bread for life diet, but again in moderation. Three-four per week is suggested. Try a soft-boiled egg with a couple of slices of toasted wholegrain bread for breakfast, or even scrambled eggs on toast. Add a generous twist of black pepper to the eggs for a boost in flavor.