Bread for Life Diet developed by Israeli Nutritionist is based on the premise that eating generous amounts of bread every day will reduce cravings and help you lose 20 pounds in 8 weeks.
Basis of Bread for Life Diet
The Bread for Life Diet does not require counting calories and will not allow you to go hungry. The foundation of the diet is bread; up to 12 slices of bread a day for women and 16 for women. This weight loss plan focuses on
- complex carbohydrates,
- Eating small frequent meals,
- Never skipping meals,
- Drinking plenty of fluids, and
- Having “food breaks”.
The theory behind the diet is that complex carbohydrates act to increase serotonin levels, which in turn results in a reduction in cravings for sweet foods and decreased appetite. Serotonin is also the neurotransmitter involved in mood regulation that the increase that is brought about by eating bread in large amounts daily will make you feel better and have more energy which in turn will increase motivation to stay with the diet.
Stages of Bread for Life Diet
Stage One: This rigorous two-week phase is designed for rapid weight loss. During this phase, you will be eating many slices of bread (up to 16 slices per day for men and 12 for women) with thin spreads
Stage Two: Look for more food choices during this stage, where you can remain for an unlimited amount of time. Protein gets bumped up to five times per week, but the catch is you have to reduce bread intake on these days (probably spare a slice).
Food Allowed in Bread for Life Diet
Salad vegetables such as lettuce, tomato, carrot, cucumbers and sprouts are allowed. Fruits are required in restricted quantity. Meat, chicken or fish is permitted in 3 meals per week selected from low fat cuts and avoiding processed meats. Also, 3-4 eggs per week are allowed.
Drawback of Bread for Life Diet
- High carbohydrate diets and it may actually trigger an increase in cravings in some people.
- The type of bread could have a big impact on the effect of the diet on insulin and serotonin balance.
Review of Bread for Life Diet
Although the Bread for Life Diet does encourage healthy foods, there is a lack of variety, which means that you may not get all your needed nutrients from food..
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