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Bread for Life

Do you like to overload in the carb department? Wait 'til you get a load of this...

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Remember how those low- and no-carb diets left you pining for a generous helping of bread, pasta and other starchy favorites? The Bread For Life plan says that women should be eating a dozen servings of bread each day (16 for men) to nix those pesky cravings that cause us to overeat, according to author Olga Raz. Just make sure you're eating whole-grains.

The Bread for Life diet is centered around the theory that when you raise serotonin (accomplished by all that bread) you are able to decrease hunger pangs and avoid cravings. It doesn't hurt that serotonin is the hormone responsible for good moods and high energy. Raz even suggests that Bread for Life will help you shed up to 20 pounds in just eight weeks.

PRO
  • Carb lovers can rejoice.
CON
  • Servings of bread is extreme
  • Not practical for those with an intolerance to gluten
DIET and NUTRITION

Bread for Life really is good news for carb lovers. They can even enjoy all of that bread with often-restricted cream cheese and butter. The diet also encourages you to have a piece of fruit daily, 3-4 eggs in a week, up to three tablespoons each day of olive oil and drink plenty of water. You can enjoy fish or lean meat three times a week - just skip a couple pieces of bread for those meals.

EXERCISE

No guidance provided.

CONCLUSION

It's not altogether unexpected. When something trends hard in one direction, there's sure to be someone to pull it back. This diet appears to play on people's frustration with low-carb dieting. And the pro-argument seems to center around the idea that eating carb foods increase serotonin levels, when in fact there are other foods you can ingest that do the same. Any diet that recommends up to 16 servings of bread a day seems a little crazy.

Common Misspellings

Bread 4 life, bread life diet, bread for life deit


Related Diets: Banana Diet, Carbohydrate Addicts Diet, Whole Grain Diet


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Dee

I've been on this diet for 19 months and have lost 93 lbs. I'm now at my goal weight and on maintenance. Please be aware that you must follow the diet religiously (as written by Ms. Raz) and that you need a lot of patience. It's a slow process. I also recommend a support group. Most importantly, this is not a diet - it a diet for LIFE.

posted Jan 4th, 2012 10:40 am


JL

Amazing concept ... seems unreal but it works way beyond one's initial expectations. The concept is what's important & the diet does not have to be strictly followed for it to work. Just apply it suggestively based on it's guide lines & it still will help you to lose one pound about every three days. Mind blowing results to say the least.I still can't believe this concept actually works, but it does.

posted Jul 3rd, 2011 3:56 am


eilean

This diet has transformed my attitude to food. I have always liked good bread. I make my own wholemeal. I worked it out that I can have 12ozs of bread per day. This works for me. On the start programme I used thin beef spread, peanut butter, avacado, loads of veggies, and was NEVER hungry.
Now my moods are not swinging all over the place. I have loads more energy and feel that I have my eating under control. No more cravings for grand daughter's Percy Piglets!! Worth trying if you like bread.

posted Feb 7th, 2011 4:53 pm


Mark

As a former low (often 0) carber I can w/out reservation. The Atkins/low carb diet not only is very unhealthy its not anywhere near as effective as hyped to be. I'm a bodybuilder and another total BS sacred cow is you need massive amounts of protein to grow muscle which is wrong. More protein than avg, yes, but 1gr per lb of bodyweight is very hard on the kidneys.

Bread for life is scientifically sound since it maintains a high seratonin level which is essential to losing weight long term w/out falling to temptation.

posted Feb 6th, 2011 1:01 am


masha

it is actually 12 slices of light bread, which means 6 servings of bread.
and it is 2-3 teaspoons, not tablespoons, of oive oil daily.
and it ia the first phase. the second phase is more elaborate :-)

posted Oct 23rd, 2010 8:27 pm


Sinduja

Trust me! This one WORKS!!!

posted May 2nd, 2010 6:18 am


Mrs. F

I went on this diet about a year ago and lost about 15 pounds. I tried to go back on it and I do not lose at all. I really don't know what happened becasue I am doing exactly what I did before. Any comments?

posted Apr 25th, 2010 5:15 am


Ed

I just got the book. I've been frustrated by other diets and when I heard about this diet, I got excited because I LOVE BREAD! So, I'm gonna give it a shot and I'll write back in a week to see if it works for me...

posted Sep 2nd, 2009 3:28 pm


Anon

I've been on this diet for 5 days and have lost 3 pounds. It's a great diet for me because I like whole grain bread and the frequent meals keep me from feeling hungry. The 12 slices of light bread is the equivalent of 5-6 slices of regular bread. This seems like a very healthy eating program that's not too rigid.

posted Feb 5th, 2009 11:52 pm


chana

where can I get the book in English for Israeli way of life

posted May 17th, 2008 7:47 am


judith

what a brilliant diet. i've lost 4 kilos in 3 weeks and i'm eating more than i've ever eaten before.i'm going to continue until i reach my ideal weight and then hopefully maintain it.i've recommended it to friends and they are trying it and they are also having success.

posted Mar 11th, 2008 10:20 am


Anonymous

I did this for a week, and lost 3 lbs....going to continue, will let you know how it goes.


Reader

There is a little misconception about all that bread.... When the author says 12 slices of bread a day, she explains in the book, that it's light bread- about 30/35 calories per slice, as opposed to regular bread 80-120 calories per slice... So if you're sckeptical, read the book first- That's what I'm doing (borrowed from local library)


LizaM

I think it sounds to good to be true about eating bread for life, everything I read is about going low carb, less breat, less pasta. I'm gonna try it and let you know how it goes.


Sharon

Eat 10 servings of bread? That is a diet I can get behind! Goodbye atkins... Well maybe not. Has any tried this diet?



   
 

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