Life Without Bread diet
This diet is based on the clinical experience of Dr Lutz, an Austrian physician who claims to have helped thousands of patients to lose weight and achieve health by following low-carbohydrate diets.
How Life Without Bread claims to work
Life Without Bread is based on eating a low-carbohydrate, high-fat, high-protein diet. The authors claim that this was what humans ate during evolution, and it is what we are suited to. Today's typical high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet, they claim, is alien to our species.
The authors also describe the benefits of low-carbohydrate diets in relation to disorders such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, and cancer. In the section on cardiovascular disease, they claim that saturated fats and cholesterol from animal foods do not contribute to cardiovascular disease, and argue that current nutritional advice on this topic is flawed.
The Life Without Bread regimen
- ½ cup dry pasta
- 1 slice of bread
- Half grapefruit
- 225ml (8floz) milk or yogurt
- 225ml (8floz) beer.
Foods restricted in the diet include most that contain carbohydrates (breads, pastries, cereals and grains, pasta, potatoes) as well as sweet fruits, dried fruits, and sweetened foods of any kind (yogurt, drinks, desserts, sweets).
You can eat all the protein foods, cheese, non-starchy vegetables, and healthy fats you want from a variety of plant and animal sources, along with moderate amounts of nuts, yogurt, and whole milk. Protein foods (meat, poultry, and fish) can be fried, baked, roasted, grilled, or steamed.
The diet does not provide any specific menu plans, but it does explain how to work the low-carbohydrate eating plan into meals and snacks. A table listing grams of carbohydrate for a variety of items allows the reader to plan full menus containing a wide variety of foods.
Is the Life Without Bread diet healthy?
The Life Without Bread programme is a moderately low-carbohydrate, rather than an extremely low-carbohydrate, diet. By limiting carbohydrates to less than 72g per day, you can follow this programme without severe restrictions on healthy foods such as fruits and dairy products, both of which are permitted in limited amounts.
Although this book is entitled Life Without Bread, meal planning is based on “bread units”, each of which contain 12g of carbohydrate. So this diet is not really about eliminating carbohydrates or bread, but limiting intake and finding alternatives to form the basis of your meals. The diet promotes a healthy weight loss because you are reducing calories but still consuming a variety of carbohydrates.
Compared to some other plans, the book is complicated and technical, which may be difficult for the average reader to follow every day.
The authors of Life Without Bread claim that low-carbohydrate diets can help or cure diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, cardiovascular disease, and even cancer. They do not accept that saturated fat contributes to increasing blood cholesterol or LDL levels (see The Need for Fats). On the contrary, they urge the consumption of foods high in saturated fat, such as cheese, cream cheese, soured cream, and whole milk. As there is a huge amount of evidence that limiting saturated fat is important for the prevention of these chronic diseases, this is a major flaw in the diet.
- ■Scrambled eggs with wholemeal bread (no spread)
- ■Glass of orange juice
- ■Grilled chicken breast with boiled fresh or frozen peas
- ■Large green salad with olive oil and vinegar dressing
- ■Grilled tuna steak
- ■Steamed green beans and steamed brown rice
- ■Plain whole-milk yogurt
- ■Piece of cheese
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