5 things that happen to your body when you stop eating bread

You might want to change your breakfast menu after reading this!

Sarwat Fatima Sarwat Fatima Mar 13, 2018
Even if you must cut down on the carbohydrates, don't give up on your favourite bread loaf. Photo: Shutterstock/ IndiaPicture

When you are on a diet, what does your breakfast normally consist of? Some eggs, fruits, or cereal maybe? But, no bread of course. After all, this delightful, yet sinful mould of flour is a storehouse of carbs. And when you are striving to lose weight, bread is a strict no-no. But, do you know you are doing your body more harm than good by denying yourself a slice of bread?

Yup, you heard that right. So, if even if you must cut down on the carbohydrates, don't give up on your favourite bread loaf. It turns out, your body deprived of bread isn't all that great. 

Your Weight Loss Is Not Real

So, let's say you quit eating bread and continue to do so for a month. And when you do step on that scale to weigh yourself, you will notice you have dropped a couple of kilos. But ladies, don't be happy because you have not actually lost any weight. You have just lost water.

"When carbs are stored in the body in the form of glycogen, each gram of carbohydrate stores three to four times its weight in water. So as soon as you cut carbs and start using your glycogen stores, you'll lose a good amount of water weight," says Marie Spano, dietitian at Atlanta Hawks, USA to Women's Health magazine.

You Just Don't Lose Weight, You Also Lose Energy

According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, whole grains are a great source of iron, magnesium, and B vitamins, all of which are critical in maintaining energy levels. "Many people are already deficient in magnesium. Plus, since carbs are your body's preferred fuel source, all of your cells slow down without a healthy supply," it states.

You Have Trouble Pooping

What good can a diet do if you can't poop in peace? No, seriously--it's imperative for good health and a well-functioning digestive system too.

A study published in Nutrition states that whole-grain intake is a major player in how much fibre you get. "Regular bread is usually bestowed with ample amount of fibre and it not only helps stabilize blood-sugar levels, reduce the risk of obesity, and chronic diseases, but also improves bowel movements," says the research.

You Feel Like You Have Flu

By now, you should be well aware that carbs are the brains main source of energy. And when you deny your body of carbs, the glycogen storage gets low and eventually gets depleted. So, when all the stored glycogen is gone, the body breaks down fat and runs on carbon fragments called ketones. But, that's not an ideal condition. Why you ask? Well, here's your answer.

"When your body functions on ketones, you get bad breath, dry mouth, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, insomnia, nausea, and brain fog. Basically, you feel like you have the flu," Spano tells Women's Health magazine.

Say Hello To Strokes And Other Heart Diseases

There is no denying that excess of carbs makes you put on kilos but it's not wise to cut it off. In fact, American Heart Association advises people to eating bread and other whole grains. "This is because having a diet that consists of these foods can lower blood cholesterol levels and risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and stroke," says a report published in Steth News.


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