By Rikki Hoffman, RDN, CDN
Weight loss is a very popular and oftentimes complicated goal. Any strategy for losing weight depends on a number of factors, and diets should be personalized to the individual. As a general rule, limiting processed foods, reducing stress, and getting adequate exercise, sleep, and hydration can all play a part in weight loss. Food plays a role in losing weight, and here we take a look at how you can include bread as part of weight loss goals.
Can you eat bread and lose weight? Will I gain weight if I eat bread every day?
Some popular trendy diets suggest avoiding all breads and carb-rich foods, but abstaining from all carbohydrates or breads is not necessarily a healthy way to lose weight. Really, all foods, including bread, can be a part of a weight loss diet, as long as they are eaten thoughtfully and in moderation. Eating bread every day does not necessarily mean that you will gain weight. Achieving your weight loss goal will depend on how much bread you are eating and what other food and lifestyle habits you are partaking in, like exercise and sleep. Plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lean meats, along with bread, can contribute to a healthy weight loss diet.
Will I gain weight if I eat white bread? Can you eat white bread and lose weight?
Yes, you can eat white bread and lose weight. No one type of food needs to be avoided completely when trying to lose weight, and that includes white bread! Whole grain bread has been shown to be more helpful when trying to lose weight, but white bread in moderation can certainly be part of a weight loss diet and eating white bread does not necessarily mean that you will gain weight.
Is whole grain bread good for weight loss? Does whole grain bread help lose belly fat?
Yes, whole grain bread is very good for weight loss. Eating whole grains have been shown to help eliminate more belly fat when compared to eating refined grains. Whole grain bread contains fiber, which may also help keep you full for longer, making it easier to eat less overall and help lose weight.
Can I eat multigrain bread for weight loss?
Yes, you can eat multigrain bread and still lose weight. Multigrain bread is bread that contains multiple types of grains, like wheat, rye, or barley. Multigrain breads can contain whole grains or refined grains. Like with all breads, a multigrain bread made with whole grains is better for weight loss than one made with white refined flour, but either multigrain bread or white bread can be a part of a weight loss diet plan when they’re combined with other healthy foods and exercise.
What breads should I avoid for weight loss?
No food, including bread, needs to be avoided completely when trying to lose weight, but moderation is key. Breads with no fiber and a lot of added sugar should be limited when trying to lose weight. Most breads from the supermarket will contain some added sugar, so make sure to compare nutrition facts labels and look for a bread with less than 1 gram of added sugar per slice. Choosing a bread with no or minimal added sugar is a healthier option that can help your weight loss goals.
What is the best bread for weight loss?
The best bread for weight loss is a bread that is the most filling and contains the least unnecessary calories. When shopping, look for options that contain the lowest amount of added sugar and the highest amount of fiber. This combination for the best weight loss bread is usually 100% whole grain bread.
Where can I buy healthy bread online?
At Wildgrain, we specialize in making high-quality, fresh breads that are delivered directly to your door. Wildgrain is the first bake-from-frozen delivery subscription service for breads, rolls, pastries, and fresh pastas. Some of our popular breads include sourdough whole wheat, sourdough 7-grain, slow fermented 3-seed bread, and sourdough rye. We are proud to offer healthy breads, made with non-GMO flour and without added sugar or preservatives. Learn more about Wildgrain and our artisanal baking and cooking methods.
About the Author
Rikki Hoffman, RDN, CDN has been a registered dietitian for ten years, working primarily with patients who have kidney disease. She also has a private practice which focuses on helping clients achieve lifestyle and weight loss goals. She graduated with a Bachelor's in Dietetics from Rutgers University and did her Dietetic Internship at Montclair State University.