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Weight gain on bread?

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curvesarein's picture

Weight gain on bread?

I had a Bosch Machine in the 70's and a Magic Mill grinder. I made 15 loaves of bread a day and sold bread. Then I remarried and my Italian husband always wanted white bread. I too quickly sold it all to get a new stove, too cheap. Now 23 years later he likes whole grain bread. All my friends told me I would gain weight on it. I made bread, cinnamon rolls, and pizza. Friends were always stopping by. I never gained weight. It kept me regular 3 times a day. Now I am 55 and medications interfere with that so I am hoping this will help, but will I gain weight from it? Silly question I know, but I worked hard to lose 55 lbs.

saintdennis's picture

Dear Friend,

if you eat just bread, potato or rice you never gain weight but what you put on it. Whole wheat breads are very healty for you.


curvesarein's picture

Yes, that is what I was told. So what do you put on your bread? Promis spray is good.

Caltrain's picture

Weight gain is a function of total diet, exercise, enviroment, ol' genetics, and a whole lot of other factors. It's unlikely anyone here can give you a definitive answer.

Having that said, quoting from this source:

Women Who Eat Whole Grains Weigh Less

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition underscores the importance of choosing whole rather than refined wheat to maintain a healthy body weight. In this Harvard Medical School / Brigham and Women's Hospital study, which collected data on over 74,000 female nurses aged 38-63 years over a 12 year period, weight gain was inversely associated with the intake of high-fiber, whole-grain foods, such as whole wheat, but positively related to the intake of refined-grain foods, such as products made from refined wheat. Not only did women who consumed more whole grains consistently weigh less than those who ate less of these fiber-rich foods, but those consuming the most dietary fiber from whole grains were 49% less likely to gain weight compared to those eating foods made from refined grains.

I'd say eating whole grain food is a smart choice. Some nut butters (peanut and almond) are excellent, healthy options for bread. Just be sure to not use too much or buy the ones crammed with sugar and hydrogenized oil.

p.s., congrats on losing 55 lbs!

flournwater's picture

A 55 year old female at 5'8" weighing 130 pounds  who exercises moderately would have a body mass index of about 1273 and a tyical daily calorie intake of 1300 calories.  But nobody is "typical".

Food, whether it's bread or rice, will only contribute to your gaining weight if you consume more calories in any 24 hours period than you can expend through exercies and your normal daily routine.  White bread won't make you gain weight if the amount of white bread you consume is equal in calories to the wheat bread you're accustomed to.

Remember that no two of us are alike.  Your metabolism is not the same as your neighbors so the number of calories he or she consumes are not likely to have the same effect on their body mass as they will on yours.

I'm 5' 10" 165 pounds.  My wife is 5' and 100 pounds.  I can gain weight on 1500 calories per day, she loses weight with the same caloric intake.

curvesarein's picture

I love all your comments. I am active in exercise most days of the week. I ride a bicycle, do the Gazelle and walk. Most times 1/2 hour to an hour. As for weight loss I learned a new way of eating and IT WORKS! Curves for Women has a weight management course. The first week you eat 1,200 calories, then 3 weeks of 1,600. You should lose a couple lbs. The next month you aim for 2,000 calories and when you gain 3 lbs you go back to 1,200 FOR 2 OR 3 DAYS AND SHOULD LOSE IT. Ever month that you go to 2,000 calories you take longer to gain the weight back. The first month of 2,000 it took a week. The second month after my 1,200 for a week  and 1,600 for 3 weeks, I then did the 2,000 and ot took 2 weeks before I gained 2 to 3 lbs.  The goal is to get to your goal weight and be able to eat 2,000 calories. High protein and 3 meals and 2 snacks is very important to speed the metabolism up. But they also have a high carbohydrate plan. You can attend this for free at any Curves without being a member.  Right now I have to get back on track, I am not eating enough and 3 meals and 2 snacks.

salma's picture

Could you pls post your sample meal plan on each of these calorie plans to get an idea since I dont count calories and have no idea what anything contains.  Do you keep rotating this cycle till you stay at your goal weight at 2000 calories and everytime you gain, you go back to the cycle?


curvesarein's picture

Yes you keep rotating. You will need a calorie book, I suggest you just buy Curves book at their meeting which is free or by the first version online.

But listen to this , I'v lost 5 lbs since eating my WW bread I make!!!!

curvesarein's picture

But you have to join and pay a fee, but everything is available to you in one place. Recipes, calorie counts and 24/7 support and success stories.

curvesarein's picture

Since grinding my own wheat and eating this very nutritious bread I have lost 9#!!!!