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Anyone tried cutting out bread in order to lose weight?

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rainbowinthesky Sat 31-Mar-12 13:57:27

Really want to lose 2 stone as no clothes to wear and although I belong to a gym I rarely get to go as dd is unwell a lot of the time.
I love bread and am sure if I give it up I would naturally lose weight and feel much better? Is it a good idea or not worth it? What can I eat to deal with the inevitable cravings?

Fluffy1234 Sat 31-Mar-12 15:37:19

It will work. To beat the cravings you could try and cut down gradually. Although I just went cold turkey. I swapped baquettes for omelettes and prawn salads and the weight dropped of.

foreverondiet Sat 31-Mar-12 21:10:19

Not just bread - not much point unless you give up wheat! Replacing bread with shredded wheat and pasta will not help. Even better give up grains and eat omelettes and chicken/prawn/tuna salads.

rainbowinthesky Sat 31-Mar-12 21:15:36

Thanks for advice. Any type of crackers that I can eat?

MuslinSuit Sat 31-Mar-12 21:16:58

Yep cut out bread and other white carbs, up your protein and fat intake and the weight will fall off smile

rainbowinthesky Sat 31-Mar-12 21:17:56

When you say up your fat intake what do you mean? Do you mean cheeses and meat?

qo Sat 31-Mar-12 21:18:24


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Namechangingtorant Sat 31-Mar-12 21:22:05

It's always worked for me!

BehindLockNumberNine Sat 31-Mar-12 21:25:14

I am seriously considering this. I feel quite happy about cutting out bread but am struggeling with the rice / pasta. We eat a lot of this as a family but meal planning has suddenly got a lot tougher. Was planning on starting after easter as dd and I are going to be baking an Easter cake...

GoblersKnob Sat 31-Mar-12 21:26:37

I have given up wheat (though not all wheat gluten when present in small amounts in things I wouldn't expect it to be in iyswim) and i have just deflated is amazing.

I did really miss bread for a while but now in all honesty I look at it and it looks a bit gross and I know if I eat a couple of slices I would feel like I had swallowed a house brick.

Actually not true, the only time I really miss bread is when everyone else had egg and soliders, there is just nothing else you can stick in a dippy egg.

GoblersKnob Sat 31-Mar-12 21:28:06

I still eat brown rice, but in small portion sizes comapred to what it is with, ie big portion of chilli, very small portion of rice. I eat potatoes and still love porridge.

rainbowinthesky Sat 31-Mar-12 21:31:20

Is porridge a no no on this diet? Can I have those oat biscuit things?

rubyrubyruby Sat 31-Mar-12 21:33:13

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cybbo Sat 31-Mar-12 21:33:38

Yes I ahve cut out bread before and the weight dropped off. I wasnt eating as much butter/cheese/peanut butter as a knock on effect

hardly ever farted, either

Tortington Sat 31-Mar-12 21:34:11

bread is rammed with sugar - cutting out carbs is the key

foreverondiet Sat 31-Mar-12 22:09:40

I have omelette and yoghurt with seeds breakfast.
Salad, generally with tinned fish for lunch
Meat and veg for dinner.

Snacks - fruit (try to stick to 2 pieces per day) or nuts (25g a day).

Oats better than wheat and sugar but I still don't really eat.

jocesar Sat 31-Mar-12 23:40:00

Just had to say that asparagus is great dipped in soft boiled eggs!

TheFarSide Sat 31-Mar-12 23:52:21

Years ago, I gave up wheat and dairy for a WHOLE YEAR and lost loads of weight - I was eating a lot of bananas, baked potatoes, avocados, hummus, meat, oats, eggs etc to fill me up. It was almost the perfect diet because I used to eat and eat and eat and was skinny as a rake. I don't know if it would work now on my menopausal body and I just haven't got the strength to stick to such a strict diet these days ... but I have fond memories of eating so much (eg two baked potatoes for lunch) that my colleagues thought I must be bulimic.

rainbowinthesky Sun 01-Apr-12 17:17:17

Okay, trying no diary and no wheat then. Also doing it to see if it improves my rhinitis.

Is rye bread okay?

TheFarSide Sun 01-Apr-12 18:52:52

Depends how strict you want to be. I think rye bread often contains some wheat. For me, I think it was giving up large volumes of bread, cakes, cheese and milk that made the difference.

bibbityisaporker Sun 01-Apr-12 18:58:05

I am sure it will help ... but can you keep it up forever?

I am always majorly confused about people who espouse low carb diets. Its just the same as any other diet afaics - you cut out or hugely restrict a tricky food group. You set up enormous cravings for said food in doing so. You eventually snap and eat a slice of bread and then hate yourself. You hate yourself so you reach for something comforting to eat ... the weight (plus a few lb more) goes back on again.

TheFarSide Sun 01-Apr-12 19:12:16

To be honest bibbity I agree. It worked for me when I was in my late 20s and single and therefore able to control my diet, but it all went to pot when I started living with boyfriends again. They used to bring BREAD into the house shock and I just couldn't resist.

rainbowinthesky Sun 01-Apr-12 19:21:59

I managed cambridge diet and didnt eat proper food for over 3 months. A lot of the weight has crept back after 6 years. Would love to do cambridge again but cant afford it.

QueenStromba Sun 01-Apr-12 19:30:23

Actually bibbity, the good thing about a low carb diet is that if you can stick with it for the first couple of weeks you stop craving carbs.

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