Some of us know that to stay fit and healthy, we need to “lay off the carbs.” This usually leads us to think of pies, pastries, pizzas, and donuts. We consider whole grain sandwiches a nourishing, well-balanced meal, right? How many restaurants automatically bring you a warm loaf of bread with your meal to satisfy your hunger until your order arrives?
The truth is, it is not just the carbs and the highly processed types of flours. The real culprit is what’s in bread… wheat. This one ingredient is not only a problem for people with wheat or gluten sensitivities, it is a problem for everyone. Wheat can cause health problems due to the effect it has on blood sugar and your body’s inflammatory response.
Wheat actually makes us fat
How? Wheat contains a chemical called amylopectin A, which can convert to blood sugar even quicker than table sugar! Two slices of bread — no matter how “whole grain” it is — can cause a spike in blood sugar greater than that of eating a candy bar. When blood sugar spikes this quickly, it then drops rapidly also, making us feel hungry. We get cravings and eat more, and the cycle continues throughout the day. Essentially, foods that raise your blood sugar make you hungrier. Eliminate the bread, and your appetite will decrease. Eating fewer calories causes weight loss, and that’s just simple math.
Even if you exercise regularly, wheat can cause a risk of heart disease
When you add high carbohydrates to your diet, they form small particles called lipoproteins, or LDL, particles, that put you at risk for heart disease or stroke, due to an increase in atherosclerotic plaque. So, even if you still look fairly slender, over time, this can cause an increase in this damaging plaque, and also is what causes belly fat — or visceral fat — which are the precursor to diabetes and heart disease.
But what about “whole wheat?” Isn’t that “low-glycemic?
All wheat contains gluten (which has a glue-like effect on our system), and can cause chronic inflammation and even degenerative conditions. The term “whole grain bread” is actually a myth, as the grains have to be broken down into flour to make bread.
Hidden ingredients in many foods
Soy sauce, salad dressings, soups, sauteed vegetables, and more. Cutting out bread is only part of it, and you have to become a real label-reader, or prepare your own foods to ensure there is no wheat in what you are eating. One of the quickest ways to lose the belly weight is to give up bread and wheat altogether.
Lose the wheat, lose the weight.