The Israeli researcher Olga Raz is all set to launch her diet plan, which recommends eating of bread to reduce weight, in US and other parts of the world through her book The Bread for Life Diet: The High-on-Carbs Weight Loss Plan.
The diet features bread, and lots of it - up to 12 slices a day for women and 16 slices a day for men - plus lots of other wholesome carbohydrates -- and is a two-part program.
The bread is not a gimmick. Rather it is a real weight loss mechanism because it is eaten in such a way that it corrects the biological processes that make dieting difficult for so many people, and it prevents the cravings and hunger that lead to diet failure, said the editor of the publication that is publishing the diet program.
Raz has already guided thousands of people in Israel to successful weight loss through the "It's All in You Head" weight loss program at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Israel's second largest hospital where Raz is the director of the nutrition and dietetic unit; her own private clinic; and through her book Eat Bread and Get Slim, which became an instant best-seller. The Raz Diet, as it is called in Israel, also became the basis of a hit reality program in which Raz coached 20 obese people, and helped them lose a combined total of 880 pounds over a six-to-eight month period.
Ironically, Raz developed her diet as a result of a scientific experiment she did to help come up with an explanation for her patients who complained that they could not sustain low-carbohydrate diets and did not like the way they made them feel. Raz's experiment involved measuring the levels of serotonin in the blood. When Raz fed patients a high-protein meal, there serotonin level rose but quickly plummeted. However, when she fed them whole grain carbohydrate-based bread their serotonin level went up and stayed up, meaning they felt satisfied and stayed satisfied.