Eat this carb every day and lose weight Oprah says… Shocking! 29



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Oprah has shocked the world by saying she has lost 26 pounds and ate bread every day to do so. It has sparked a furore and sent the Weight Watchers share price rocketing would you believe? But do you agree with the possibility of losing weight if you’re eating bread every day? 

For most of us, as the middle aged spread creeps in, bread has become a luxury or a weekend treat, or even forbidden. It is certainly confronting to hear our favourite yo-yo dieter advocating the possibility of losing weight while continuing to enjoy it.

Suspiciously, the exciting announcement of Oprah’s weight loss and the enormous and far-reaching promotion of it comes not long after she has announced a 10 per cent investment in Weight Watchers in October 2015 valued at $43 million. In the days after her announcement, the share price rose over 90 per cent on the sharemarket.

So we have to ask today “should we believe her?” Can you eat bread every day and still lose weight? We took a look around at what people were saying:

Oprah says people should read the label, anything with the words whole grain or whole wheat is best.

On Good Morning America, Dr Jen Ashton, their senior medical contributor indicated that Oprah’s advice is not incorrect.

“To lose weight you need a negative energy balance, for most people that means cutting 500-700 calories per day. What you consume, as long as it is under the caloric deficit,” she said.

And the USA ABC News Nutritionist Maya Feller says it is possible too. She warned that people should not get carried away.

“Don’t be afraid of carbs – but know what you’re eating. … If you pay attention to portion, you can lose weight,” Feller said.

Oprah advised that people should read the packaging labels on their breads, adding that any breads described as “whole grain” or “whole wheat” are best for weight loss.

Oprah’s weight has been an issue for her whole life, during which she has been through several significant phases of weight loss. In 1988 she dropped herself to 145 pounds and celebrated by pushing a wheelbarrow with 67 pounds of fat in it onto TV to inspire others and show what she’d lost.

Do you eat bread and do you believe that bread makes it more difficult to lose weight?

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. i eat bread every day but try to limit it to 2 slices as i find it does put on weight if i eat more

  2. Eat anything your body can tolerate in moderation. A slice or two of good bread, a glass or two of good wine, fresh fruit and veges, good meat. Do you see a theme here? Enjoy your food while cutting down or out the junk and moving a bit more. No secret to losing weight.

  3. Bread is largely junk food. I eat a very small amount of whole grain bread, but I believe the cooking destroys some of the nutrients in the grain (I stand corrected here) and bread isn’t sufficiently filling to last the distance when trying not to overeat.

  4. Yep, my sentiments exactly, a balanced diet should include bread,
    in my humble opinion, I have been on many diets in my lifetime and always lost weight whilst eating bread, however I did not eat the whole loaf!!! Wholegrain or whole wheat bread in moderation (i.e. for me that was 2 slices per day) is good for my body, I feel much better eating bread!

  5. Really who CARES and there she goes choking on bread all the way to the bank – oh just another moderate 12 million dollars from a big surge in weight watchers which Oprah has shares in – give me a break people. Oh and if anyone wants to give me 12 millions for the brand of bread I eat I will donate eleven millions of it and live happily ever after on the rest – with bread.

  6. I am not surprised. A moderate diet of healthy options can lead to weight loss. This lady is a serial dieter so I am not convinced that the weight will stay off.

  7. Oh David Taylor you are so right. Taking advice from Oprah would be like. Well I can’t answer that because everytime I see a photo of her the weight is up down up down and who gives a fig what she eats. I’m slim and I eat everything within moderation. Yep she can give me money too and I will say what they want.

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