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Megan Fox loses weight on a high protein low carb diet: Benefits of bread ban

Find out how Megan Fox lost her baby weight.
Photo by John Sciulli

After her first baby, Megan Fox had no problems losing weight. But when she didn't get the results that she wanted after baby number two, she banned the bread and went on a high protein, low carb diet, said the actress in a July 25 interview with E News.

And Megan admits that her second pregnancy posed challenges. "You're kind of fragile in the first trimester," she reflected.

Sleep has been shown to play an important role in health and weight. During pregnancy, "you're supposed to sleep extra. There's no time or room for that when you're filming a movie, so it's a little stressful," she added.

Megan decided to restrict carbohydrates after her baby was born because the weight "wasn't coming off." Her first priority: Eliminate bread.

"I had to eliminate bread from my diet. It's typical but I'm on that high-protein, low-carbohydrate, very low-sugar diet," she said, according to Arizona Central News on July 26.

And while she's not happy about following the diet, she feels it's the right choice. ''It's kind of awful but it's what I'm doing," added Megan.

That decision to restrict carbohydrates has scientific evidence to support it. By banning bread and other high-carb foods, your body burns more calories, reported the Courier-Journal on July 25.

Dr. Steve Smith, scientific director for the Florida Hospital-Sanford Burnham Translational Research Institute, is conducting research to find out why low carb diets are so effective for weight loss. "Something about eating a low-carb diet causes people to burn more calories in ways we don’t yet understand," said Smith.

For years, diets high in protein and low in carbohydrates were condemned as "unhealthy" by nutrition specialists who believed that low-fat diets with lots of whole grains and fruit were the best for weight loss and health. But with the increase in obesity and diabetes, it's clear that prescription has failed.

One of the most impressive reports in recent years supporting the use of low carb diets was conducted by a consortium of 26 physicians and nutrition researchers. They highlight the failure of low-fat diets and the success of low-carb diets for diabetes, obesity and general health, reported News Medical on July 25.

"We've tried to present clearly the most obvious and least controversial arguments for going with carbohydrate restriction," said Richard David Feinman, Ph.D., professor of cell biology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and lead author of the paper. "The low-fat paradigm, which held things back, is virtually dead as a major biological idea."