What Oprah Gets Right About Bread

As Oprah has learned, a diet is bound to fail if you take away the foods that you love the most. For her, that means incorporating her favourite food -- bread -- into her diet every single day, as mentioned in her recent tweet “Eat bread. Lose weight. Whaaatttt?

Oprah now understands what dietitians have been saying for many years -- weight control isn’t about deprivation. It’s about eating well as part of your lifestyle, and ensuring that you eat small portions of your favorite foods so you don’t crave them.

Recent studies have shown that the best weight control diet is the one you can stick to in the long term. It’s the one that fits into your lifestyle, is filled with nutritious foods you enjoy, and makes you happy. Whatever that plan is, most experts do agree that sustainable weight control plans include:

  • Lots of vegetables and fruits
  • Whole grains
  • Quality protein from fish, poultry, legumes, eggs and milk products
  • Healthy fats from fish, nuts and oils
  • Small portions of your favorite foods to satisfy cravings
  • Limiting highly processed foods

Embrace bread again

There are no off-limit foods in a healthy diet, but portion control is key. What’s still misunderstood is the role that grains and carbohydrates play weight control. Whole grains, which contain fibre, can actually help with weight control efforts, since the fibre helps make you feel full for longer. Read more about whole grains and weight management. Even low-carb diets include some whole grains.

There’s no magic bullet when it comes to weight loss. There’s no specific food that causes weight gain. And there’s not one perfect plan that works for everyone. But if you absolutely love bread (or pasta!), it is possible to make it part of your healthy eating plan and still succeed with weight control.

This blog post was written by RD Cara Rosenbloom of Words to Eat By.