New research suggests that eating just 3 slices of white bread a day can increase your chances of becoming overweight or obese by almost a half.
Instead you should be eating wholegrain bread, as this does not cause any weight gain, according to a team of researchers who spoke at the European Congress on Obesity in Sofia, Bulgaria.
What did the study involve?
This study, which was overseen by a team of researchers from the University of Navarra in Spain, looked at the weight changes of almost 10,000 over a 5 year period.
They discovered that those who ate 120 grammes or more of white bread had a 40% higher chance of gaining weight than those who ate less than 60 grammes in a week.
With nearly 12 million loaves of bread sold in the UK every day, with almost 3 quarters of them being white perhaps this is one reason why people in general are becoming fatter.
How does white bread cause weight gain?
Unfortunately white bread is less healthy than its wholegrain counterparts. It does not contain the same level of nutrients such as fibre, and often contains added sugar and salt.
Of course if you love white bread then the occasional slice wont do much harm, just remember moderation of your favourite foods is the key to achieving your weight loss goals.
How else can you keep the weight off?
As well as replacing your white bread intake with the healthy wholegrain variety there are plenty of other things that you can do to avoid weight gain.
For instance you should consider cutting back on the amount of junk food and takeaways you currently eat.
Instead try to stick to a diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables. You should also try to eat as much lean protein sources as possible (chicken, turkey and fish), as protein is slower to digest than both fats and carbs and takes more calories to burn too.
Drinking plenty of water will also help keep weight gain at bay as it can help suppress your appetite and will help to flush out those toxins that cause weight gain.
Finally, if you want to avoid gaining excess pounds in the future then you need to make time to get some exercise. Even 20 minutes 3-4 times a week will make a huge difference to the scales, just remember that you need to work during these 20 minutes.
You are not going to see the benefits of exercise if you are simply going through the motions and not pushing yourself.