Have you ever considered eliminating bread from your diet, or are we talking like crazy people? Maybe you’ve tried, but unsuccessfully, since eliminating bread can actually be quite a task. We’ve found that in order to successfully stop eating bread, you need to understand why you’re doing it. Although it’s hard to do and doesn’t seem fun at first, what happens soon after you stop eating bread should be reason enough to keep you going.
You Drop Some Weight:
You may not be shocked at the fact that you’ll lose weight, but you probably will be shocked to see how quickly it happens. Why? When you’re eating simple carbohydrates like bread that aren’t necessarily high in fiber or other useful nutrients, the carbs are stored in the body in the form of glycogen. It’s in this form that each grab of carbohydrates stores about four times its weight in water. Once you stop consuming those simple carbs, you begin using your stored glycogen, and water weight starts to drop tremendously.
Your Cravings Will Subside:
Refined, simple carbohydrates (like bread) don’t do much for you outside of offering a quick boost of energy, followed closely by a crash. Why is this? Your simple carbs send your blood sugar levels through the roof, before allowing them to crash again – this extreme up and down in blood sugar triggers the part of your brain that is responsible for addiction, leading to more cravings. Trade the bread for a complex carb that’s high in fiber in order to keep your blood sugar levels even keel, thus preventing senseless cravings.
You Might Get Grumpy:
Taking away a food favorite can make you edgy as it is – it’s no fun to eat a burger without a bun if you’re used to enjoying the bread on the burger as a part of the experience itself. What’s a cookout with hot dog and hamburger buns, anyway? Job number one will be getting past that temporary ill feeling of not enjoying a complete meal the way you used to. Also, be aware that carbs increase the brain’s level of serotonin (the feel-good neurotransmitter), so when you cut down on carbs, there are chemical changes in your brain that you’ll have to adjust to. Being aware of that will help, and knowing that the first few weeks are the toughest. Before long, the serotonin will increases again as you realize that taking care of your body and cutting our refined carbs is much better for you than consuming that bun on your burger.
So, though it’s not wise to eliminate all carbohydrates (whole grains and fiber heavy carbs are great), eliminating simple, white bread is a great step in the direction of a healthier you. You’ll be glad you did it once you see the weight come off quickly, your cravings subside, and once you see the increase in your mood that’s caused by the way you’re taking care of your body instead of the junk you’re feeding it.
Have you tried to stop eating bread?