How To Not Eat Bread and Stop Bread Cravings

How To Not Eat Bread and Stop Bread Cravings
How To Not Eat Bread and Stop Bread Cravings

If you struggle with craving bread, you will want to read this story.

How To Not Eat Bread and Stop Bread Cravings

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 have done such a great job with hitting my weight loss goal I would allow myself a Red Lobster biscuit as a treat.

These chedder cheese biscuits were always something I could never pass up in the past. They are really great.

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

I had a wonderful dinner. I ate baked flounder with broccoli and salad. And of course, I smothered the flounder with lots of butter knowing that the extra fat is great for my new way of eating.

But, my point is, I realized that my carb addiction is really under control. 🙂 It was easy for me to say no to the bread dish.

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.


Here are some other articles about bread and the carb addiction that you may find helpful:

Why Is Bread So Addictive? 

Best Almond Flour Pizza Crust

And I highly recommend the book Grain Brain which goes into detail about how grains affect us both physically and mentally.

Cravings on A low Carb High Fat Diet

One of the biggest concerns that I had was dealing with the cravings on a low carb high-fat diet. You see on past diets I always had cravings for the things I couldn’t have and I would end up quitting the diet or sabotaging my results.

The thing I really love about eating a high-fat diet is that I am so incredibly satisfied. I virtually don’t have any cravings for sweets, which is very surprising. And I find that after my meals I am full longer. Often I am able to totally skip lunch entirely. I’m simply not hungry.

And I’m so satisfied with the flavor of the food I eat. It is almost as if the food tastes different to me. For example, I never realized how sweet a mushroom was. When you eliminate the sugar and carbs in what you eat, you actually get to taste what real food tastes like and it is wonderful!

I will tell you, however, the first two days were really difficult as I actually went through a bit of a withdrawal. Sort of like an alcoholic going off alcohol. It really took commitment to stick with this.

I felt very irritable and had a headache. I also sort of felt like I had the flu or was coming down with something. I was just really out of sorts and not feeling well. I didn’t feel hungry, but I really wanted sugar. I wanted it real bad.

I found that if I ate something that had fat in it (like celery with creme cheese), those cravings would go away. So I would add extra cream or butter to my coffee. Or I would make myself some bacon or eat a small piece of cheese. These all helped my cravings.

But once I got past those first few days It was really easy to stick with this way of eating. I really don’t miss the sugar at all. This was something that really surprised me.

Now that I’ve been doing this for a few weeks, the cravings are gone. 🙂

(April 12th, down 11 lbs)

PS.

I wanted to share with you something that I learned about cravings. The reason the cravings go away is that when you are eating sugar, your body will crave more sugar. It is actually almost like an addiction. This is why people who eat carbs want to snack all the time.

But when you are off sugar with a low carb, high-fat diet the cravings will eventually go away.

If you are having cravings (after the first 2 weeks) then it is probably a good idea to think about what you ate and check labels. For example, I was going to have a slice of Lebanon bologna until I saw that it had 5 grams of sugar. Thank goodness I didn’t eat any.

Anyway, hopefully, this will give you a bit more insight on cravings where a low carb high-fat diet is concerned.

(4/27 down 16 lbs)