I’ve always loved to eat bread. Whether it’s a pork floss bun from Breadtalk or simply a slice of plain Gardenia bread, I love them all the same.
It’s hard to explain an addiction, you just get addicted to something and you just can’t stop having enough of it.
Before I went on the GLOW BFF Challenge and was put on the eating plan for weight loss, I was consuming a lot of bread and vegetables. That was all my diet consisted of – bread, bread, vegetables, bread, more vegetables, more bread. When I met the nutritionist from GLOW, she told me that I had a really unhealthy diet because it wasn’t balanced. I wasn’t eating meat nor fruits, so it was unhealthy though I thought I was eating alright.
When the weight loss diet plan was prescribed for me, I was really happy because I could eat wholemeal bread! 2 slices of wholemeal bread is equivalent to one serving of carbs and I was to eat that for breakfast or half a bowl of muesli. For lunch and dinner I am to eat half a bowl of brown rice, but I changed that to wholemeal bread because I really like bread.
As a result, I have been eating six slices of wholemeal bread A DAY. I have lost about 1.5kg in the past month and have kept it off, but I can’t help but feel that progress can be better. I did think of cutting out bread completely but I didn’t because I really enjoy eating bread.
Then something happened.
Yesterday, I ate 2 slices of wholemeal bread for breakfast and for lunch (4 slices in total) – which is how my typical day is like. When it came to dinner, it was supposed to be another 2 slices of wholemeal bread right?
I ate a whopping 9 slices of wholemeal bread.
NINE?! What was I even thinking?
That means, in one entire day I polished off a WHOLE LOAF of bread. Who the hell eats like that?
I don’t know what I was thinking when I just put one slice after another into my mouth. For a moment there, it seemed like I was under some sort of spell and I just went on and on, until I was left with only the bread wrapper. Geez.
Immediately after the last crumb was deposited, I felt this huge surge of guilt overwhelm me. I went like, “What the hell just happened? How did I let that happen? WHY?”
I confessed to my dearest weight loss buddy and confidante Daphne Maia and she told me something really interesting – one can be addicted to wheat. So I started doing some reading on the internet and it is true – you can be addicted to bread and WORSE, this can be hampering my weight loss progress.
Cardiologist Dr. William Davis, who wrote the book Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight and Find Your Path Back to Health talked about how wheat is not only addictive but also the #1 food item causing Americans to gain weight!
So why is bread addictive?
Bread is a refined carbohydrate – meaning that it has been stripped of nutrients, including fibre. What’s left is a carbohydrate or a sugar that is absorbed into your blood VERY fast. Unlike table sugar that is only one chain of a sugar molecule (or maybe two in some kinds of sugar), bread is an entire CHAIN of sugar molecules. This massive sugar hit to your system gives you an energy spike, but when your blood sugar (or glucose levels) are too high, your body STORES FAT. Then you crash and start craving for more bread to get your sugar levels back up. (Source) It’s a vicious cycle!
Dr. Davis feels that all wheat is bad, whether it comes in the form of organic, sprouted multigrain bread, a squishy white loaf or a strand of spaghetti. Apparently, today’s wheat may be dangerous because it greatly elevates blood sugar levels, leading to insulin spikes that cause chronic inflammation and excess belly fat (visceral fat). *HORRORS* Is that why I feel bloated all the time?
Dr. Davis goes on to say that by eating some form of wheat morning noon and night – which many of us do – you’re not only gaining weight, but are also becoming more susceptible to a whole range of inflammatory diseases and ailments including heart disease, diabetes, fatigue, acne, arthritis, IBS and even dementia. (Source)
Dr. Davis promises that by eliminating wheat from you diet, you’ll eliminate its appetite-stimulating properties, thus experiencing a dramatic reduction in hunger levels. This is his Wheat Belly Diet:
Step 1: Go Cold Turkey
Eliminate wheat entirely from your diet.
Step 2: Add Real Foods
Eat unlimited amounts of:
- Raw nuts and seeds
Eat limited amounts (1/2 cup per day) of:
Step 3: Add Wheat Replacements
- Instead of wheat bread, make your own loaves using ground almonds and coconut flour.
- Add non-wheat grains and eat things like quinoa, brown rice and oats.
I am still following the diet plan that I’ve been prescribed by GLOW, but what I will do is to remove wholemeal bread completely and see what happens. Instead of 6 slices of wholemeal bread a day, I will take muesli or oats for breakfast and brown rice for lunch and dinner. Hopefully this modification to the diet plan will prove successful!
Are you addicted to bread or wheat too?