The Water & Bread Diet

By Kaitlin Priddy

The bread and water diet is one of many fad diets that may result in temporary weight loss. Ultimately, however, this diet is not a sustainable or healthy regimen because it has many negative physical and mental effects. A long-term commitment to improving all-around health is the real key to losing weight. Reduction is virtually inevitable with proper diet and exercise.

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The bread and water diet is one of many fad diets that may result in temporary weight loss. Ultimately, however, this diet is not a sustainable or healthy regimen because it has many negative physical and mental effects. A long-term commitment to improving all-around health is the real key to losing weight. Reduction is virtually inevitable with proper diet and exercise.

History

Consuming exclusively bread and water is not a new concept in the least. Prisoners had this as a form of punishment in the 1800s, according to Independent.co.uk. Fasting for religious and cleansing purposes can also involve consuming only bread and water. This concept was commonly applied to weight loss in the 1970s and 1980s when it was a popular fad diet, according to DietWords.com.

Weight Loss

As a weight loss tactic, the bread and water diet can be categorized as a fad or crash diet. The pattern is eating bread and drinking water for one day, then eating normally the next. The dieter continues alternating these days until the goal weight is reached.

Physical Effects

Crash diets like this adversely impact the body, according to TheSite.org, because the body is prevented from receiving necessary vitamins and minerals. Also, the body consumes muscle protein along with fat when on a crash diet. When the diet ends, the body often regains the weight in the form of fat, so in the end the dieter will likely have a higher percentage of body fat compared to muscle than before. Also, the bread and water diet can result in constipation because bread is typically made from refined grains that contain little fiber, according to DietWords.com.

Mental Effects

Crash diets like bread and water are detrimental to mental health as much as physical health. Crash dieters experience irritability, fatigue and cravings when the body is deprived of necessary nutrients and calories, according to TheSite.org. These side effects can make it difficult to sleep, interact with others and be productive at work or school.

Healthy Weight Loss

Healthy and sustainable weight loss is a long-term process that involves real lifestyle changes. Conventional weight loss efforts include exercise, weight training, portion control and a support system, according to TheDietChannel.com. Emphasizing health instead of thinness, and discovering the reasons behind overeating are also crucial components to successful weight loss.

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About the Author

Based in Madison, Wis., Kaitlin Priddy began writing professionally in 2010. Her articles appear at eHow, Answerbag, LIVESTRONG.COM and Travels. Priddy's areas of expertise include fine arts, music, cooking and international travel. She has a Bachelor of Science in art and sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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