Does Bread Really Make You Fat?

I think that if they had rehab for bread overdose…most people would end up there at some point.

I know that I probably would have been there in a straitjacket about 10 years ago.

Because the entire time I was in the bread rehabilitation clinic I’m sure I would have been trying to escape…

…because I would have done anything just to make it to Olive Garden for unlimited breadsticks & salad (but hold the salad).

Yep I’m a recovering bread addict…

I used to have it bad…REAL bad.

My dad even used to work at a bakery when I was a kid so I think I have eaten just about every type of bread IN THE WORLD in my lifetime.

He used to bring home all of the good stuff…and damn…those were the days!

Throw some honey butter on a piece of freshly made warm bread and wow…that was THE BUSINESS!!!

But now that I’m older…I guess I have to limit my bread intake…and I’m sure your doctor has probably advised you to do the same.

But hold up doc you say…I can just eat wheat bread because it is healthier than white bread!

Not so fast my friend.

Don’t be a bread racist…brown bread is JUST as bad :D

Sure…whole wheat is probably a better option than white bread, BUT…whole wheat bread can still hold you back from losing unwanted belly fat and pounds.

And it isn’t THAT much healthier (I’ll explain why below)

Here’s the thing…bread SUCKS for fat loss and I think that if most people completely eliminated bread from their diet they would look and feel a ton better.

I mean where does it end…toast for breakfast…a sandwich for lunch…a bread basket at dinner…I mean come on…we could feed a small village with the amount of bread I see some people eating in a single day (or several villages depending on who you’re talking about).

Now, I am not telling you to stop eating bread, or that you should never eat it again (I mean you gotta enjoy life a little bit right?).

What I’m saying that that many people are eating 4-5 or more servings of bread products DAILY and this is making thousands of people fat, preventing them from losing their stubborn fat, and also increasing their risk of diseases like Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease.

And bread products can do the same thing to YOU.

So don’t kid yourself.

You may be saying to yourself…Jamin there is no possible WAY I can give up the toasty, buttery, delicious goodness of bread!

I know EXACTLY how you feel…who doesn’t love bread?

But as the son of a “bread guy”…even I gave up bread and to be quite honest I don’t even miss it very much.

I eat so much other delicious food every day that I don’t even really realize that bread is even missing.

Ok maybe I’m lying just a little bit…the truth is that every time I walk past a bakery I want in, but you get the point.

Here are some useful tips I used to cut down and eventually eliminate bread each day:

1. When you think of breakfast, don’t automatically think toast, bagels, or a roll. Sure coffee and a bagel may be simple and easy, but neither one of those items are healthy breakfast options. How about making a quick batch of oatmeal and add some walnuts and berries? How about cottage cheese and pineapple? Or even a couple of hard boiled eggs over sliced tomatoes? Maybe even a protein smoothie!

2. Pack healthy mini-meals and take them with you to work. In less than 2 minutes, I can throw natural peanut butter, raw almonds, dried fruit (no sugar added), an apple, banana, or raw veggies and hummus all in a bag and be out the door.

Taking stuff like this to work with you will help you stay away from the bagels and donuts that are always in the staff room. (And don’t even think about firing me an email asking me if it is ever ok to eat donuts!)

Sometimes I’ll slap some peanut butter on an apple and just pound that for a quick snack. Of course everyone will look at me like I am crazy but then those are the same people asking me how they can “tone up” or “lose weight” before their vacation or wedding! I’ll just hit em with my signature “child-please” stare and smile. :D

3. Get out of the 1960′s mentality where you have to pack a sandwich for lunch everyday. Where did that come from anyway? Do you wear overalls to work too? Come on player…how about some salmon, broccoli and brown rice? Or some ground bison, brown rice pasta and zucchini? You could even use some leftover chicken or fish and just add a sweet potato. Or hey if you are following a plant based diet just pack some fruits, veggies, nuts, quinoa salad, etc.

There is no real difference between breakfast, lunch, and dinner foods. Imagine that lunch is another version of dinner and not just a mid day sandwich inhaling contest.

4. I hate to refer back to the old-school but a bread basket at dinner? Really? I mean why even attempt to turn your house into an Olive Garden? Make “the bread basket” a once-in-while experience.

Seriously…if you have healthy carb choices at dinner like quinoa, brown rice, sweet potatoes, salad, cooked veggies, or millet, there is no reason in the world to have a bread basket anywhere near your dinner table.

5. Oh, and don’t think for a second that you can just read this post today and then go eat some “Whole Wheat” bread because it is healthier. Walking up to the counter and ordering the fat boy special on “whole wheat” is not cute…trust me.

Don’t let the food companies fool you. Whole Wheat bread is nothing but refined flour (maybe just not bleached) and a huge contributor to weight gain. If you are eating bread every day, or even just several times per week you would be severely limiting your fat burning capabilities. I could go on and on about this but that would be another topic all together.

If I do eat bread I’ll eat Ezekiel Bread, which is made from freshly sprouted organically grown grains and chock full of protein, vitamins, minerals and natural fiber with no added fat or artificial ingredients whatsoever. If you haven’t tried it, get on it. You can find it at Whole Foods Market or Trader Joes. Some local supermarkets are even starting to carry it.

Anyways, that’s all I’ve got for this joint today… hopefully now you’ll start to think outside of the bread box and begin eating healthier alternatives to bread. I know bread is highly addictive and hard to give up but just take it one day at a time.

Stay strong,

Jamin

P.S. Check it: our friend Isabel De Los Rios (aka the best looking nutritionist on the planet) has a short nutritional tips video on her website which shows you “4 more foods you should never eat” as well as a bunch more unusual fat loss tips. Check it out and start losing more fat.

Jamin Thompson
Jamin Thompson has been called "the most handsome fitness model in the world" and "a brilliant actor & writer", both by his mom. He's a former Clemson & UMiami athlete and World Ranked tennis player who writes to help others dominate in the gym, on the field, and in life using his real world, in the trenches experience. His book, The 6 Pack Secret, has been sold in over 50 countries and has helped thousands of folks from all walks of life get cut and jacked the healthy way.
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5 Responses to Does Bread Really Make You Fat?

  1. Jonathan January 20, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    Interesting take and good tips. I will have to look for the Ezekiel bread…I have heard good things about it but never tried it.

  2. Mindy January 20, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    I dont have ezekiel bread where I live…any other options? :(

  3. maggie January 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    Funny i was reading this post this morning while eating my egg whites, green beans and oatmeal with berries and walnuts and i didnt even think of bread, donuts, or muffins. But i can see how people can easily grab those on the way out the door while drinking their coffee, its fast and a no brainer.
    I grew up with those nice pastries in the house and there where days that i would just eat that and some coffee and think it was ok. Its not easy to give up the bread but ever since you started me on the Ezekiel(bread, muffins, wraps) bread is not even a thought. I actually think Ezekiel tastes much better to regular or wheat bread.
    Thanks for the info!! Good stuff.
    p.s love the pictures you find…hilarious! :)

  4. emi February 21, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    Great post! I was bread addict too thanks to reading about WGA in wheat I gave it up completely. Now I eat mostly rice and feel amazing and lost weight To see how wheat is toxic you may want to read this: http://glutenfreeworks.com/blog/2010/05/03/the-dark-side-of-wheat-new-perspectives-on-celiac-disease-wheat-intolerance-part-3-of-3/

  5. emi February 21, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    Great post! I was bread addict too thanks to reading about WGA in wheat I gave it up completely. Now I eat mostly rice and feel amazing and lost weight To see how wheat is toxic you may want to read this: http://glutenfreeworks.com/blog/2010/05/03/the-dark-side-of-wheat-new-perspectives-on-celiac-disease-wheat-intolerance-part-3-of-3/

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