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Fiber For Weight Loss

Updated on January 26, 2011
Oatmeal makes a filling and low-calorie breakfast
Oatmeal makes a filling and low-calorie breakfast | Source

Fiber may not be the most exciting subject in the world, but if you want to lose weight without starving yourself into misery, fiber can help you get there. Here's why: fiber fills you up, keeps you full so you can go hours without feeling hungry, and it has ZERO calories. Fiber is the part of grains and produce that your body doesn't absorb or digest; yet fiber adds volume to your foods and absorbs water and swells in your stomach, helping you feel full. It also stays in your stomach longer than other parts of food, so you remain full. Finally,if you eat high-fiber foods together with high-fat foods, your body will absorb less fat and therefore, fewer calories.

Most fiber-rich foods are naturally low in calories, making them great choices for dieters. Fill up on this nutrient by eating plenty of brown rice, whole-grain bread, whole-grain pasta, fruit, vegetables, oatmeal, high-fiber cereals, beans, corn and barley.


Eat fruits and veggies like apples, pears and potatoes with their skins on; most of the fiber is in the skin.

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Thank you to TheCulinaryGeek for the above photo, which is published under Creative Common License.


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