The Importance of Fiber in Weight Loss

A lot of diet plans today are all centered in one main component: Fiber. Popular diets such as the South Beach Diet and the Atkins Diet are all centered on eating foods that are high in Fiber such as fruits and vegetables.

But, why is Fiber highly regarded and why is it the emphasis of many of today’s most popular diet plans?

In today’s article, I will talk about Fiber and its importance in weight loss. What is Fiber? Fiber is a dietary component commonly found in vegetables that help clean our internals as well as help promote bowel movement.

Now that you know what Fiber is, why is it important if you’re trying to lose weight? That is because aside from cleaning your internals, Fiber also has a lot of health benefits.

One important health benefit of Fiber is that it cleans the colon of harmful toxins. Toxins not only contribute to weight gain but it can also be dangerous to you if left unattended.

Aside from cleaning toxins, Fiber is known to reduce cholesterol levels. If you’re the type of person who loves to eat cholesterol-rich foods, Fiber can help eliminate LDL or bad cholesterol from your body.

For those of you who don’t know, LDL or bad cholesterol can help increase your likelihood of developing hypertension or high blood pressure.

There are also two types of Fiber: Soluble and Insoluble. Soluble Fiber can be dissolved in water and it changes its composition when traversing your digestive tract. Soluble Fiber is the one responsible for lowering your blood pressure.

Insoluble Fiber, on the other hand, helps correct and maintain the natural pH balance of your body. Unlike Soluble Fiber, Insoluble Fiber does not change its composition when traveling through your digestive tract.

So, what really is Fiber’s contribution to weight loss? For one, Fiber can help regulate blood sugar levels and two, because it can regulate blood sugar levels, you will feel fuller for a long time.

Add to that the things I’ve mentioned earlier, and you’re on your way to a healthier you!

There is just one thing that is quite alarming; not all of us consume enough fiber daily. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the recommended dietary fiber we need every day should be at least 25-30 grams. Unfortunately, most people only consume 15-20 grams, which is way below the normal setpoint.

So, what foods should you eat and incorporate in your diet to ensure that you have the recommended daily dose of fiber?

Fiber rich foods include the following: Oatmeal, Oat bran, Apple, Banana, Blackberries, Peach, Plum, Black Beans, Kidney Beans, Chick Peas, Broccoli, Carrots, just to name a few.

If you’re overweight and you’re seriously considering to lose weight, aim to eat as much fiber as you can, preferably 25 grams or more per day.

Fiber-rich foods are relatively inexpensive and are readily available to you. I hope that after reading this article, you will consider adding more fiber to your daily diet plan.

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