I lost weight by eating white bread

eating white bread - It Took Me 10 Years To Lose 10 Pounds

  • Eating white bread helped me lose weight 18 years ago
  • I learned a HUGE weight-loss lesson by eating white bread
  • Model after healthy eaters

Are you always eating white bread? Never eating white bread? Occasionally eating white bread? Or, do you not eat bread at all?!

eating white bread - It Took Me 10 Years To Lose 10 Pounds

Have you ever wondered about what type of bread helps you lose weight?

While whole grain bread is the healthiest option, and the healthiest option helps you lose weight, having a healthy approach to eating bread — and every other kind of food — is more important. I’ll explain …

Eating white bread ruined my diet!

For the 10 years I was overweight the only time you’d catch me eating white bread was when it was out of my control—like if I was at a friend’s house and they didn’t have brown bread.

After eating white bread I’d tell myself I wrecked my diet. Then I’d restart a new diet the next day.

When I heard dieters should cut back on bread, I did that too. I’d actually slice a bagel into 3 and throw out the middle slice.

I had no idea I was making weight loss so d*mn complicated.

What happened when I started eating white bread?

There were lots of pieces of information that helped me get healthy and lose weight.

For instance, I learned:

1. Eating balanced meals helps you lose weight.

This information got me eating entire bagels again.

Why?

Bread is a starchy carbohydrate and should make up about 1/3 of each meal.

And when I understood that fat from a natural source is part of a balanced meal, I began eating full-fat cream cheese on my bagel.

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2. A mistake doesn’t ruin the day.

Carrying on allowed me to learn from a choice I regretted.

Like the first time I didn’t make a big deal out of eating white bread, I realized eating white bread was no big deal. Eating white bread didn’t make me gain weight. It was all the stuff I ate after a “mistake” that made me gain weight.

Being “on” and “off” diets leads to building bad habits between diets. And bad habits lead to more weight gain.

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What eating white bread taught me

Eating white bread helped me understand that applying:

  • moderation
  • variety
  • flexibility

to your food choices helps you lose weight and keep it off.

Why?

Moderation and variety prevents cravings which make you less likely to overeat. And being flexible helps you stay on track and reach goals faster. All 3 approaches make it easier and more fun to eat at a restaurant, staff meeting, BBQ or other social setting.

It’s nice to show up at a dinner party and eat what everybody else is eating!

Eating white bread and other less nutritious choices occasionally, is part of a healthy lifestyle. And a healthy lifestyle is long term. Trying to stick to a strict set of diet rules is short term and unnecessary.

Understanding the value of moderation, variety and flexibility also helps you stop feeling guilty when you eat less healthy options.

eating white bread - Losing Weight Is About Moderation, Variety and Flexibilty

Along with eating white bread, I also eat:

croissants
pita bread
focaccia bread
ciabatta bread
baguettes
rye bread
whole wheat bread
olive bread
brown bread
naan bread.
…and so on…

Thanks to my experience of eating white bread, I’m more flexible about eating a variety of other foods in moderation. When I was struggling to lose weight I only ate boiled potatoes or baked potatoes. For the last 18 years that I’ve been a healthy weight I’ve been eating scalloped potatoes, roasted potatoes, potatoes sliced and tossed in olive oil then baked in the oven to make chips (thanks Marianne!), french fries, mashed potatoes (made with butter and 3.25% milk) and so on.

I lost weight when I STOPPED restricting what I ate.

Why I began eating white bread

Around the time I started eating roughly balanced meals made mostly of whole foods (which helped me break the starve-binge-purge cycle) I met my partner, Alex.

Alex eats meals made of each food group and most of the food is natural (not processed). We were starting to spend a lot of time together. So I copied what he ate (in smaller portions.) It often put me outside my comfort zone. But that was a good thing. Soon I was eating many of the (nutritious) foods I feared—like avocados, mayonnaise, the yolks of eggs (instead of just the white) and (drum roll!) less nutritious options like white bread. And I wasn’t gaining weight.

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Alex (without knowing at the time) helped me eat a variety of foods in moderation and be flexible.

While I still prefer whole grain bread (because I’m in the habit of eating this healthier option) I don’t worry after eating white bread. Now that I have a healthier approach to eating, I don’t feel like I ruined the day if I eat food that’s more processed.

Eating white bread on Instagram

instagram - the10principlesRecently I started using Instagram and being one of those people who takes photos of the food they eat!

I’m doing this because copying Alex’s food choices helped normalize my eating. The diet industry has trained us to fear fat, drink diet pop and eat diet and low-fat processed foods—choices that work against you losing weight. Choices that ultimately led me to gain more weight. After years of dieting I had to relearn what healthy eating looks like.

Posting roughly balanced meals on Instagram @the10principles is a way for me to pass on the important experience I had of modelling after someone who has a healthy relationship with food.

eating white bread - Model after people who have a healthy relationship with food

That said… I’m no food photographer so my pictures aren’t perfectly lit and I don’t know all their best angles 🙂 But @the10principles you’ll be able to see examples of healthy meals that help you reach and maintain a healthy weight naturally, along with other healthy lifestyle information.

My favourite type of bread

While you can find me eating white bread, it’s not my favourite kind of bread. Here’s a link to my FAVOURITE bread and the recipe.

Make Today Count

make today count - the10principlesDon’t think you’ve ruined the day just because you’ve been eating white bread or anything else that’s not a perfect choice. Don’t get lost in the details! Keep moving forward. Make your next choice one you feel good about. The key is to focus on eating ROUGHLY balanced meals made MOSTLY of whole foods.

Build healthy eating and exercise habits. A healthy weight will follow.

eating white bread - It Took Me 10 Years To Lose 10 Pounds

Next Steps

Are you fairly regimented about what you eat? I was. For the first few years of my recovery I was scared to eat anything but what I describe at this link. But you can become more flexible! Sign up for my newsletter (below) and you’ll learn a strategy that helps you get from where you are now to eating white bread and all sorts of other foods you’ve blacklisted. Or if you’re eating mostly white bread, this weight-loss strategy will help you eat healthier choices more often.

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There’s no reason to fear eating white bread or feel guilty about eating white bread, like I did for 10 years!

By | 2018-07-31T17:05:39+00:00 July 20th, 2018|Carry On|4 Comments

About the Author:

Hi! I'm Kelly. I lost weight when I stopped dieting. And I got my life back. Here's more about my turning point and why I'm passionate about sharing what I learned.

4 Comments

  1. Marianne July 23, 2018 at 10:31 am - Reply

    I read this article with interest. I am glad you are able to eat white bread without any consequences. Trouble is I loath the stuff and firmly stick with my homemade wholemeal!!!!

    • Kelly Clark July 23, 2018 at 10:35 pm - Reply

      Homemade wholemeal bread sounds amazing. I love the quote: “Good habits are just as addictive as bad habits but good habits are much more rewarding.” It’s great you’re in the habit of eating wholemeal bread Marianne!

  2. Kath August 16, 2018 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this great news, Kelly!

    • Kelly Clark August 17, 2018 at 3:48 pm - Reply

      Thanks Kathy! I kept telling myself “tomorrow will be different” and trying to eat the perfect amount. Both of these approaches set me up to fail. Now I know weight loss and being healthy is all about moderation (not restricting) and carrying on toward your goals after a less healthy choice. xoK

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