How Consuming Bread Assists Weight Loss

Let me be clear. I respect all of Oprah’s accomplishments. She has done much to encourage others to be their best self. That’s commendable. However, whenever she proclaims success on her newest diet plan I cringe. Fans follow nearly everything she proclaims as truth.

Headlines yesterday declared:   “Oprah’s eaten bread every day and has lost weight!”   Wow, who knew someone could lose weight while eating bread?  Well . . . anyone who has consistently read my blog or read my books, that’s who.

I also have recommended Weight Watchers, which is now owned all or partly by Oprah. It is an excellent organization. On Weight Watchers, one learns how to eat real food and create healthier habits. I trust WW also gets to the heart of the issue of why one eats uncontrollably in the first place. For unless someone understands why they eat as they do, no change occurs.

I’ve lost track of how many diet plans Oprah’s endorsed over the years, but it reminds me of my patient who reprimanded me for not endorsing the Rice Diet. “It DOES work,” she professed angrily. “I know because it worked for me three times!” (The only good diet is the one which someone stays on for a lifetime as I have.) One should also be cautious of crying “wolf” so many times he loses credibility. I’ve only endorsed one diet plan and that’s God’s dietary plan. Plans such as the Mediterranean, DASH and Volumetrics are variations of His plan.

 Oprah is indeed an inspiration, having triumphed over a mountain of personal trauma. However as a nutritional counselor, I know one can’t be victorious until he/she recognizes why self-destruction occurs after each diet plan. Until one reconciles all the mental and Spiritual turmoil within, recognizing God loves us unconditionally, many will continue to strive for perfection which is unattainable. God loves us even in our imperfections. He has provided all foods for our enjoyment but urges us to remain in control, not becoming gluttonous or creating an idol out of food, which is sin.

“Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”  (John 6:35) 

Why bread is fine, consumed in moderation:

In a 1975, Michigan State University conducted a controlled study: 16 overweight men consumed 12 slices of bread daily along with their normal caloric intake. They lost weight, debunking the no-carb theory of weight loss. Let me explain why:

  1. Bread contains many B vitamins. The purpose of B vitamins is to convert fats, proteins and carbohydrates into energy.  Duh.
  2. Bread contains fiber. The more fiber in the bread, the more weight loss in each participant. Recommendation: choose heavier, higher fiber bread whenever possible. (2-5 grams per slice)
  3. Fiber passes through one’s system, removing toxins. Toxins stress the body. Increased stress hormones increases weight. Less stress equals more positive vibes producing less nutrient loss and better weight balance.
  4. Carbohydrates have the same amount of calories per gram (4) as protein but are burnt up more quickly in the body. (30 minutes to 3 hours for carbs as opposed to 2-4 hours for protein.  Remember:4 grams equal 1 teaspoon.)
  5. Fiber absorbs water as it moves through the digestive system. This creates a feeling of fullness, in turn making us less hungry.
  6. When we consume bread we chew our food (or should.)  Chewing releases the enzyme amylase which escort proper nutrients to the necessary part of the body it needs to be at to function properly.

Enjoy God’s Bounty without guilt but remain in control.

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11 thoughts on “How Consuming Bread Assists Weight Loss

  1. Mmmmm…. you think God put amylase in our mouth for a reason? Bread is good. Everything God created is good, all the things that can go into a bread are made by God. In fact God even gives a recipe for bread (Ezekiel bread) Eze 4:9
    Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentiles, and millet, and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and make thee bread thereof, according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon thy side, three hundred and ninety days shalt thou eat thereof.

    In the Lord’s supper, one of the elements is bread. A few years ago, I was meditating on this. No way would God use a substance that is bad for us. It surely was not the sorry excuse for bread we eat today. I looked around a bit, and the wheat we eat today which has gluten would not be good for some in the church. So, I don’t think Jesus would use a wheat with gluten. Sure enough, modern day wheats are different than the wheats 2,000 years ago.

    I am not on a mission here to have gluten free bread (or a small piece of unleavened matza cracker) but along with this article, it is good to think about what we put in our mouth.

    As always, Satan loves to destroy what God does. If God instituted an ordinance, you can be sure Satan will corrupt, attack, pervert it. I think the element of bread in the Lord’s Supper is fine and at the first Lord’s Supper, the bread was likely a healthy, hearty, whole grain bread.

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  2. Now Mr. Robert Clarke, you ain’t making mock are you? 🙂 There is NO coincidence with God and He indeed placed amylase in our wonderfully created body for that specific reason. (I’m teasing you back, hope you know.) The second law of thermodynamics applies to all things on earth and you’re correct that many of our bodies today cannot process the gluten in foods. We are wearing down.

    Totally agree. God wouldn’t offer us anything sinful. It’s sad how our daily food is created so differently from years ago when we had more natural minerals in the ground to work with. Probably brought on mostly by greed and materialism suggested by Satan (the prince of this world) I suppose. We’ve over-processed our land so badly we must now reinforce the soil. Most bread on the shelves have hardly any fiber or nutrients. (I’m not so sure about baking bread over dung though, what do you think? yuk)

    As always, you provide insightful comments and I appreciate you, blessings

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    • Smile, you got me… : ). Been pondering, some of the last few months. Some are / have been on a back to basics, you know, the Mother Earth thing. I am also on a back to basics. I prefer the term creation to natural. I dig ( no pun intended) for the truth and am trying to get back to our beginnings, roots, origins or however one prefers to call this.
      Gen 2:19 NOTE: adamah and adam are the same root word. Adam could just as easily been named “Ground”
      And out of the ground (adamah) the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam (adam) to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam (adam) called every living creature, that was the name thereof.

      Your points about minerals depleted from our soil is well taken. Adam and man are dust, from dust we are created and unto dust we shall return. For the last two years, I have been working on getting more minerals into my garden soil. I ran across a term called Hugelkulture or permaculture. You can find info on this on Google or YouTube. It is basically taking logs, then brush, then clippings, and topping it with soil.

      Have you ever seen angels in the woods with a roto-tiller? Gabriel, Michael never have to send out angels to cultivate the woods and fields. It was all set in motion by God when He created the world. Now the beauty of doing things God’s way is this. Perma-culture means less watering, weeding and bending over. According to proponents of this system. It is totally self sustaining after several years. All you have to do is a little tending and then harvest when ready. Sounds like a plan to me!

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  3. Great, informative article and there definitely is a reason “our daily bread” is part of The Lord’s Prayer. I just learned I have a gluten issue, but that does not prevent me from having bread. I’m making my own gluten free bread and enjoying the baking from scratch process as our ancestors did and The Old Testament describes as the basic nutrition of life. I have lost 38 lbs by eliminating foods with preservatives and GMO. Thanks for sharing this meaningful, well-written blog.

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  4. Control is the name of the game Ellie. And to be quite honest, I’m with you on how many diets Oprah has been on and ends up heavier than she started each time. That’s an eating disorder which requires much more than a newfangled diet. 🙂

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