The Bread Diet
I’m tired of hearing people say that bread is not good for you, especially
someone overweight, sitting next to me in a restaurant, lecturing me about
how bread is fattening, while I watch them ingest a 12 oz steak, baked potato
with butter and sour cream, and anticipating dessert …but they would
not touch the bread!
I like to remind such people—who say, “bread is not good for you,
how can you eat it when you’re a beauty/diet/anti-aging expert,” -
that, at age 71, having eaten lots of bread - at almost every meal - I still
weigh 119 pounds, and I’m extremely healthy and agile, with normal blood
pressure without a bit of medication…and with the bone density of someone
in their 20’s, according to my doctor, not to mention how young I feel
and how young people say I look. Forget about Atkins, No Carb, South Beach,
and all the other many diets. I say, try The Bread Diet!
I love bread, and I really have eaten it all my life almost every meal. One
of the biggest mysteries to me is why people on a diet will pass on the bread,
or rolls, because they are on a diet…yet order food heavy with tons of
calories and fat and eat it all.
It’s simple. Bread is not fattening. An average slice contains 70 calories;
an average roll is 113 calories. Bread is filling, helping to reduce the craving
for higher calorie foods during the meal. A baked potato, for example, (104
calories) with butter (100 calories) and sour cream (150 calories). It’s
easy to see how a roll or 2 slices of bread, with just a little butter (or,
better, none) can replace many calories (and fat) during a meal; in the baked
potato example, as many as 200.
An 8 oz Porterhouse Steak has 450 calories! Yes, one dinner roll has 20.1
carbohydrates and the steak has none but the “fat” content is more
dangerous and certainly more fattening in the long run. When the No Carb diet
became very popular, doctors saw how unhealthy many of their patients became…some
developing heart problems…they were told to get off the No Carb diet.
It’s a terrible diet to be on for more than a short time. (See my Newsletter
on the Low Carb Diet Craze… click here)
So the next time you go to a restaurant, eat more tasty bread and less fattening
food…you will lose weight… and even save money! My favorite meal?
One or two rolls or bread, two appetizers, one of which I take as a main course,
and then sometimes a dessert, which I often share with my tablemates. Once
in a while, if I decide to have an appetizer and a main course, I will steal
a bite of someone else’s dessert...but I always eat my bread.
For family dinner dieting buy the best rolls or bread…maybe it’s
worth it to find a good bakery. Choose your bread as carefully as you would
linger over a piece of meat to serve for dinner, or pick over the vegetables
to get the best. Encourage your family to eat a roll or two or one or two slices
of bread and, at the same time, cook and serve less meat and other high calorie
foods at the table. It’s healthier and you’ll save money. Americans
are not losing weight; we’re getting fatter by the day. So let’s
use some logic…what do we have to lose…but weight? Bread is a good
For lunch have a sandwich. Choose nutritious bread. Whenever possible, I choose
breads for extra nutrition, as well as its stomach filling qualities. Be careful
though if you are on a strict diet, some bread products are higher in calories,
such as a 2 oz. muffin, 165 calories, and a 2 oz. croissant, 240 calories.
One slice of whole wheat has 56, one slice of white enriched has 62, and pumpernickel
has 79 calories. Put a little fresh cold cuts in between the bread…keep
the butter and mayo low…use a little mustard for added flavor if/when
appropriate and put some lettuce and tomato on it…yum, yum…and
look at the low calories…take that, diet! Compare that, calorie and health
wise, to a Big Mac (590 calories) or a Double Whopper w/cheese (1010 calories)… no,
no’s for health and weight.
The texture, flavor and the taste of bread should be savored, eaten slowly…enjoyed.
I’m sure you know that a great restaurant is known for and by its breads…not
so tasty bread probably means it’s not the greatest of restaurants.
Don’t underestimate bread…it is more than just a bread. If you
feel deprived, or it isn’t the best of breads being served, then put
a little “flavor” of butter on it…believe me it will taste
just as good, even better, once you become accustomed to NOT piling on the