Weight Loss Bread Tips

While this site focuses mainly on healthy diet ideas and advice, we can also get down to the nitty gritty when it comes to the process of losing weight. This post is a little more specific when it comes to losing weight as it is going to look at one of the staples in many people's diets and then weight it up as a potential help or hindrance to a person's weight loss efforts.

So what have we got to work with?

There are two main types of bread from our perspective in this article and that's white bread or brown bread, more accurately named wholemeal bread. We all know what they are and most of us know what the differences are between the two other than the mere visual differences in colour. But as far as providing weight loss tips is concerned, how many of us know the health differences between the two?

White Bread

First up, white bread is made from white refined flour and is by far the more popular form of bread in the western world. It is also the one that will help you to gain weight quite nicely if you eat too much of it!

Why is this? Well, white breads on the whole are just empty calories.

Because the flour they are made from has all the goodness of the whole wheat refined out of it, there are precious few nutrients, no dietary fibre and no real food value. It fills you up and that's about all it does. Well, that and load your body up with starch, high GI carbs and LDL cholesterol. When you eat it, it causes a rush of blood sugars and a reactionary rush of insulin, which causes the body to store the excess as our old friend belly fat.

Brown Bread

Brown bread, or wholemeal bread, on the other hand is made from whole wheat flour, which contains all the nutrients and dietary fibre of the part of the wheat that the refining process removes in white flour, ie the husk, or bran. This contains all the goodness and while it makes for a more coarsely textured loaf, which many find preferable to the pasty, bland texture of white bread, it makes one that is far better for the health.

It contains less starch, more low GI carbs, less LDL and more HDL cholesterol and does not, therefore causes the blood sugar rush, meaning the sugars that are releases are slow and are used by the body instead of being stored. Which means it does not cause weight gain.

The kicker is the dietary fibre. Where white bread contains none and slows down the body's metabolism, wholemeal bread is high in dietary fibre which speeds up the body's metabolism and this, when combined with daily exercise can lead to weight loss, which is what readers of this blog are interested in, after all.

So if you are given the choice of whether to eat white bread of wholemeal bread and you want to lose weight, which will you now choose?