“Reality Check” is an article series which looks at common mistakes people make when they begin dieting for weight loss. We’ll check out some ‘thought adjustments’ that will help you make better choices on your journey. The articles include tips, new ideas to try, strategies to follow, and encouragement to keep you moving forward.

What about bread?

“If you want to get thinner, just cut the bread out of your diet. You’ll be amazed at the results.”  – This is something you may have heard fairly often!

While we’re all in lockdown, we may not have as much access to a varied diet as we’re used to. We’re all focusing on non-perishables, and things like bread, rice, pasta, tuna, beans etc… are on the menu.

There are a lot of memes going around about how much weight people are going to gain over the course of lockdown, and one of the main ‘culprits’ of this weight gain is bread. Everyone is blaming the bread!

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So, here’s the thing. Bread doesn’t make you fatter.

Bread itself is not ‘evil’. You simply need to consider portion sizing, and what you put ONTO your sandwich.

If you’re eating eight slices of bread with chunks of cheese, cold meat, butter, and mayonnaise as part of your daily routine, then you’re obviously going to put on weight.

But it’s not the bread that did that to you, it’s the quantity of all of the food associated with the bread, including the bread itself. On the flip side, if your lunch is one sandwich with some ham, cheese, and tomato, then that’s a pretty balanced meal. You won’t put on weight from that.

The message here is a simple one. Before you vilify any particular food, maybe think a little about the real issue. It’s usually the same one: portion control.

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