Why Is Bread So addictive?

This post talks about the addiction to bread and how to overcome it.

When I’m working with my clients, I often need to have one of two conversations with them. One is alcohol and the other is bread. These two things are triggers for many people and they never want to give them up. I hear things like, “Can’t I just have a little piece of bread with my eggs?” or “I can eat healthy, except I don’t think I can give up bread.”

I felt the same way when I was eating the SAD (standard American) diet. Every year, I looked forward to St. Patrick s Day because I could buy a loaf of Irish soda bread and eat it up with some soft butter. It felt comforting to me.

Bread is one of the hardest things for people to eliminate from their diet because they don’t want to give it up. It’s like an addiction.

Why is Bread So Addictive?

Bread is addictive because of the high starch content that makes it almost impossible to stop eating once you’ve started. You see many people go through a sort of chemical process that makes them want to eat more. The more you eat it, the more you want it.

The thing is most bread is made from “reminded white flour” which is highly processed. White bread is high in sugar so it can be very addictive. This is why most diet programs frown about eating bread. It raises insulin and makes it difficult to lose weight and get healthy.

Some signs of Bread Addiction is:

  • Cravings for bread or crackers. Also, cravings so cookies and cakes.
  • You would rather have these bread products than any other kind of food.
  • You can not stop eating even when you are full. Perhaps you keep going back for more.
  • Later on you feel guilty and frustrated. “Why can’t I stop eating bread?”
  • You must have bread products with every meal. No way will you have cheese without crackers or eggs without toast.

Does this sound familiar? If so, you may be addicted to bread. It did to me because I was addicted not only to bread, but any starch that was high in sugar. I also had terrible side effects… It made me fat. In fact, it was probably one of the main reasons I was so unhealthy.

The bottom line is, you are not alone with your struggles to give up bread. In fact 75% of obese people are addicted to carbs.

Bread Gives a Sugar High

Although bread isn’t sugar, it raises insulin which stimulates appetite which makes it really easy to over-eat and makes it difficult to stop eating. Bread sort of gives you a sugar high. It feels good emotionally to eat bread. And when you do stop, later on, you feel sluggish. Some people even refer to the need for a nap as a crash.

Eating too much bread can cause insulin resistance

Over time, the more you eat bread products, your body can develop insulin resistance which is not good. This means your body isn’t using insulin correctly and it causes too much in your blood. This is when doctors often warn people that they are “borderline” diabetes. Or pre-diabetic. Down the road this way of eating can cause Type 2 diabetes.

Bread is comfort food?

The other issue is the emotional side of eating bread. Many of us look at bread or cookies as comfort food. It is what many people reach for when they are feeling sad, stressed, bored etc. But of course even though at the time, it is enjoyable to eat. Emotional eating is often followed by regret.

I remember the frustration of feeling out of control.

If you want to take back control and eliminate bread from your diet, I highly suggest following a Low carb diet. There are many benefits. You will lose weight and feel better.

Here’s my Tips for Starting a low carb diet.

Are you addicted to bread? How do you deal with the struggles of carb addiction?

How To Not Eat Bread and Stop Bread Cravings

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How to Not Eat Bread

Last night my other half, Brian and I took his mother out to Red Lobster for her 80th birthday. And I decided before I went that since I have lost 35 pounds and hit my goal, I would allow myself a Red Lobster biscuit as a treat.

But, when the waiter brought the rolls to the table, I found that I honestly didn’t want one.

I had a wonderful dinner, baked flounder with broccoli and salad. And of course, I smothered the flounder with lots of butter.

But, my point is, I realized that my carb addiction is really under control. 🙂 Eating a low-carb, high-fat diet is the best way to eat if you crave bread.

Many people are addicted to bread. It is really difficult to NOT eat bread products, cakes, and cookies. And worse, once you take a bite it is nearly impossible to stop eating.

And then the cravings are even more difficult to control. And you can’t control them. It really is a vicious cycle.

I know, because for many years I went through this cycle of trying to convince myself that I didn’t need another piece of cake. But The cravings would make me nuts. I felt like I had no control over what I ate.

Are you addicted to Bread? Here are some signs of bread addiction:

  • Cravings for any sort of bread products like cakes, cookies, donuts, and other foods.
  • Inability to stop eating bread products when full.
  • A need to have bread products rather than other sorts of foods.
  • The inability to NOT eat bread or other sweets if it is easily available.

If you can relate to most of the points then you may have an addiction to bread. But you are not alone. Most people have an addiction to bread, Including me.

Have you ever wondered Why are so many people fat?

I used to get frustrated. I would eat wheat bread or grainy bread thinking that I was being healthy.

But here is the thing. Grains are carbs. And even though they appear to be healthy, our bodies treat them as if they are sugar. So when we eat bread our bodies release insulin. This stimulates our appetites which make us want more.

It is an addictive cycle. Many people who are addicted to bread are also addicted to sugar. In reality, they are the same thing.

If you find that you can’t say no to bread, then you are probably a sugar addict.

Read my story here…. I am addicted to sugar

The good news is you can overcome this addiction to bread by changing how you eat.

The bad news is you will have to give up bread and all the carbs that are high in sugar. And yes you need to give up sugar. The best solution is a high fat, low carb diet.

Not only will you get your cravings under control, but you will lose weight.

When I started my high fat, low carb diet 4 months ago, I weighed 186 pounds. As of today, I am at 152.

Once you have learned how not to eat bread, you will end up feeling wonderful.

And believe it or not, you won’t miss it and those terrible bread cravings will go away. I was really surprised how easily I said no to that Red Lobster biscuit.

Update 2/19/19: Now that I’ve been doing Keto (low carb) for over 4 years and have kept off 60 lbs, I have learned that once in a while I can have some carbs. This is very rare, however.

But when I am in the mood for pizza, I simply make my own using an almond crust. There are lots of recipes online but I simply use Simple Mills Almond Crust. It is super easy to make and it tastes wonderful. Simple Mills also has other low carb snacks.

I really just want you to know that with this lifestyle, you don’t have to feel deprived. And yes, you will need to eliminate a good part of carbs from your diet. But there are healthy substitutions out there.