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Bread is back—up to 12 or 16 slices daily in order to lose weight, says Raz, director of the nutrition department at Tel Aviv's Sourasky Medical Center. And she doesn't stop there. Pasta? No problem. Brown rice? Bring it on. The premise behind the Bread for Life diet is that consuming carbohydrates raises serotonin levels in the brain, whereas eating protein reduces them. Higher serotonin levels result in feeling full and satisfied, says Raz. When serotonin levels are too low, people tend to remain hungry and crave sweets. Raz argues this is a key reason why high protein diets fail so often. A diet high in nutritious complex carbohydrates, however, reduces cravings for fattening sweets (simple carbohydrates) as well as hunger levels in general, resulting in fewer overall calories consumed. This is especially true if one consumes smaller carbohydrate-based meals every three to four hours throughout the day. While this prescription for shedding pounds isn't necessarily new, it certainly flies in the face of the anti-carb diets dominating today. Raz claims the average weight loss among healthy people on her bread-based program is 10 to 20 pounds in two months. If this is true, Tel Aviv may just become the next South Beach. (Oct.)
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Olga Raz is director of nutrition at the Souransky Medical Center in Tel Aviv, Israel's second largest hospital, and the founder and head of the School of Nutrition at the Judea and Samaria College. She is also the author of the overseas best-seller Eating Bread, Getting Slim. She speaks internationally on nutrition, obesity, and weight loss.
This diet made me gain a lot of weight! The carbs made me constantly hungry. The science behind this is faulty. Serotonin makes you put weight on. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Cypriot
This book has been life-changing for me. I am slimming back down to my old self whom I haven't really seen for 12 years. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Alexis Checketts
This worked wonders. Hate to diet and love carbs so it's a win all around.Published 13 months ago by Bob Cicola
Best diet I have ever been on. I am adopting this style of eating "for life".
Lost 10 lbs in five weeks. No bad at all. Read more
I tried the protien doet and became hiorribly depressed. this diet not only made me feel great, but i was able to lose 40lbs in 3 months!Published 20 months ago by Joseph Blackburn