Oprah Winfrey and “Greenleaf” Star Ben Patterson Manage Weight, Despite Cravings

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Both Oprah Winfrey and Ben Patterson, star of OWN’s new show “Greenleaf” admit to having cravings for foods that might not be considered too healthy—yet they’re both managing to lose weight.

According to Winfrey, who has a history of weight fluctuation, she has managed to lose 26 pounds by following a Weight Watcher’s diet that allows her to eat bread every day. Winfrey recently tweeted out a video where she claimed to eat bread “every single day” of her diet.

Winfrey is also the executive producer on the new show “Greenleaf,” which stars up-and-coming actor Ben Patterson. Patterson has been drawing attention for his lean figure and eight-pack abs, yet the actor claims to eat junk food frequently. In fact, he says he particularly enjoys eating burgers.

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Can bread actually be part of a healthy weight loss diet?  According to Weight Watcher’s nutritionist Keri Glassman, you can eat bread and lose weight. However, it depends on a variety of factors.
For instance, Glassman says that while it’s fine to eat bread while trying to lose weight, eating too much can be a problem. One slice of bread is fine, but eating multiple slices of bread, along with other high-carb foods like pasta and potatoes, can make it harder to lose weight.

It’s also important to eat healthier types of bread. Glassman recommends whole grains, while Winfrey eats breads with a variety of nuts and seeds. These breads are healthier than white bread, which can cause spikes in blood sugar levels.

Some nutritionists also believe that it is better to eat bread later on in the day, but there is some debate about whether its fine to eat bread with breakfast.

However, if you enjoy sandwiches, burgers, or even just an occasional slice of bread, there’s no reason why you can’t lose weight too. As long as you eat in moderation, then bread can be part of a weight loss diet.

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Sources for Today’s Article

Calderone, A., “Can You Really Eat Bread and Lose Weight ‘Every Single Day’ Like Oprah? Nutritionist Says Yes,” People, January 27, 2016, http://www.people.com/article/oprah-winfrey-bread-weight-watchers-nutritionist

Mahbub, S., “A New Leaf: Ben Patterson Shapes up for a New Role,” Muscle and Fitness, http://www.muscleandfitness.com/muscle-fitness-hers/hers-athletes-celebrities/new-leaf-ben-patterson-shapes-new-role

Willis, J., “Oprah Tweets About Eating Bread and Losing Weight, Gains $12.5 Million,” ET, January 27, 2016, http://www.etonline.com/news/180942_oprah_earns_12_million_dollars_after_tweeting_about_eating_bread/