My secret to slimming down while continuing to enjoy bread

Wafatips:  Discover a type of bread which aids weightloss and improves overall health

Does any type of bread help with weightloss?

Yes, there is a type of bread which helps you to slim down. You might be thinking that I’m just saying this to get your attention and draw you into my Blog, but as always, I’m simply sharing my personal experience. I’m not advertising anything. If it works for me, then surely it’ll work for you too

I’m talking about Spelt bread, a type of bread which is made with an old traditional form of wheat. Although it formed a fundamental part of a typical ancient Mediterranean diet for thousands of years, it ceased to be used because it is a small sized cereal and therefore unprofitable for mass produced bread. However, it has now managed to win the hearts (and mouths) of those of us who are convinced that the best possible life is a healthy one.

Why is Spelt bread so healthy ?

Spelt bread is healthy because of its incredible nutritional properties: fewer calories and 3% more protein than ordinary wheat. In addition, its carbohydrates are accompanied by a high fibre content, which results in a low glycemic index. What does that mean? Well, it is slowly and successfully absorbed by the body which provides two incredible benefits: greater tolerance (feel better) and more energy for a longer time. Isn’t that exactly what we need when we do sport and want to feel full and comfortable ?
It is also a low fat cereal (mostly monounsaturated) and rich in vitamins B and E, minerals such as magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, iron, copper, zinc or potassium. A perfect combination for an athlete, isn’t it !

What health benefits does Spelt bread have?

Apart from my personal experience, which I will tell you at the end of the post, everything I share below is scientifically proven. It is important for me that you know that I do not believe in restrictive diets or miracle products. Although we all have an opinion, I always inform with integrity. So take note:

  • The high levels of vitamin B provide the energy we need to go through the day, so it is perfect for breakfast or before doing sport or exercise.
  •   Its high fiber content aids digestion and prevents constipation, with the consequent bloating and discomfort that causes.
  • Its intense flavor means it’s extremely satisfying, so it quickly reduces anxiety levels if you are feeling particularly hungry.
  • It’s also great for heart health due to its ability to reduce cholesterol
  • It strengthens the immune system, which translates into physical and emotional well-being, It’s prevents stress and reduces acne.
  • It helps to purify the blood and regulate blood coagulation and is highly recommended in some cases of type 2 diabetes and in certain cases of obesity.
  • Traditionally it has been a cereal used by convalescent patients, people suffering some form of weakness or people recovering from colitis and migraines.

My personal experience with spelt bread

Eating spelt bread every day has helped me to lose more than half a stone of fat in two months without going hungry, and without having to stick to a strict restrictive diet and without giving up, therefore, enjoying bread.

This is the most visible result and demonstrates what I said at the beginning of the post: that eating spelt bread helps you slim down if you supplement it with a healthy diet and exercise. But there are other even better results: I’m talking about physical well-being. And that’s exactly why I ended up rediscovering and embracing Spelt bread

In Spain I’d completely eliminated bread from my diet. When I went to Morocco to visit my family, I had homemade Spelt bread made by my mother, and I began to notice that during those days I noticed a marked improvement in the volume of my belly, I had no gas and I felt full and returned to Granada with the narrowest waist and a few lbs lighter !
Aware of this, I tried going back to normal wheat bread and I saw that the weight and bloating returned. That’s why I have finally decided to enjoy spelt bread daily, but a very specific recipe, which I make at home with my mother’s traditional Morroccan recipe, which I will share with you 🙂

Traditional recipe for Spelt bread

Ingredients:

  • 1kg of 100% whole wheat Spelt flour.
  • 50g of oat bran
  • 2 packets (envelopes) yeast. Approx 2 1/2 tsp
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 500 ml of warm water

Instructions:

  • First, combine all the dry ingredients, then add half the warm water, little by little, mixing and kneading as you go.
  • Add the rest of the water until everything is incorporated and you have an even compact mass.
  • Knead with your fists for 10 minutes.
  • Cover and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  • Separate the dough into 6 balls and let it rest for another 5 minutes.
  • Press the balls down a little, but not too much as this bread won’t rise too much in the oven
  • Cover with a tea towel and let stand between 45 minutes and 1 hour.
  • Place the balls on a tray and into the oven on the middle tray. At 200 degrees C/Gas mark 6
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