Bread For Life Diet Review

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The Bread for Life Diet was created by Olga Raz. She is a nutritionist from Israel. The diet is based on the concept that eating plenty of bread can help you lose up to 20 pounds in two months, by helping to eliminate cravings.

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The Bread for Life Diet works on the idea that the complex carbs found in bread will help increase the levels of serotonin in the brain. The more serotonin you have, the less likely you will crave sweet foods and more likely your overall appetite will decrease. Serotonin also plays a role in mood, so you will start to feel better, too.

The diet says men should have up to 16 slices of bread per day, and women should have up to 12 slices every day. This bread should be “light” having no more than about 45 calories in each slice. If you choose a “heavier” bread that contains nuts or raisins, each slice can have 90 calories. Though these heavier breads are not banned from the program, they should not be used every day. If you can keep your caloric intake in line, you can use these breads. The bread must be whole grain to keep the blood sugar stable. Instead of using bread, you may also exchange it for whole grain pastas and brown rice.

You cannot have: margarine, butter, or any sweet spreads. You can have: hummus, most vegetables (as much as you want to feel full), mustard, peanut butter, sugar free jelly, avocado, low fat cheese, and lean proteins.

Low glycemic fruits are allowed, but fruit juice is not, as it becomes high glycemic. You can have no more than four eggs a week. Meat should be limited to three times a week.

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  • This diet is good for those who want to eat bread.
  • This is a good choice for those on a budget as the foods are inexpensive.
  • This is an excellent choice for those who did not do well on carbohydrate restricted.


  • High carbohydrate diets don’t work for everyone, and may actually lead to more cravings.
  • The type of bread used could impact the balance between serotonin and insulin.
  • This diet does not really provide enough protein.


The relationship between serotonin levels and cravings and appetite is not as simple as Raz tries to make it sound. Many people gain weight on this type of diet rather than lose, so if you want to try it, we advise you to proceed with caution. If you add a fat burner or appetite suppressant to the plan, and work out too, you may be able to experience more weight loss.

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