Fiber Helps Weight Loss!

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Did you know that fiber helps you lose weight?

Are you over weight and have been thinking of losing weight for a long time. Well you have to take small steps with little change at a time. The most important change that you can make which will also be the easiest one is to increase your uptake of fiber. Fiber not only fills you up and makes you stay fuller longer but it also protects you from many diseases and conditions like  heart disease, diabetes, obesity, diverticulitis, and constipation.Eating healthy high-fiber foods makes you feel full, so you can resist eating more food than you need. Fibrous foods also can take longer to chew, giving your brain time to get the signal that you have had enough to eat.A women needs atleast 25 gms of fiber a day and a men needs atleast  38 gms of fiber. Be sure to introduce Fiber slowly as it can give you gas and bloating.

 

Fibers come in a variety of forms:

Soluble fiber which dissolves  in water.

Insoluble which does not dissolve in water.

All fibers are not created equal. Benefits of fiber depends on type of fiber you take, the solubility of the fiber and its ability to ferment in the G I tract. Insoluble fiber adds bulk to the stool and moves quickly through the G I tract whereas soluble fiber forms a gel and traps macro-nutrients such as fats,sugars and cholesterol.

Fiber usually taken for weight loss is psyllium husk, a type of soluable fiber or glucomannan also known as konjac.

Sources:

http://www.webmd.com/diet/fiber-health-benefits-11/fiber-weight-control?page.

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