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How to Use Fiber in your Weight Loss Program

Updated on July 12, 2015


Here are some benefits of a high fiber diet:


Fiber can stop overeating plus fight some diseases. Having a high fiber diet helps the body reduce bad cholesterol by by binding fat and cholesterol in the digestive tract. With high fiber you tend to eat less because you have to chew your food more and it will fill you up faster. Therefore it stops overeating.


Processed foods don’t have enough fiber content. The grocery stores are lined with a lot of processed food but don't have adequate fiber. Processed foods such as snacks, meats, and other food items are filled with large quantities of sweeteners and preservatives but very little fiber. If you eat a lot of processed food you might want to increase your fiber intake.


Good sources of natural fiber are whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. The fiber found in fruits and vegetables is plant matter. This plant matter is called cellulose which helps with digestion. Whole grains are also excellent.


How much fiber should you eat?

Getting enough fiber is quite easily. But if you acquire over 50 grams a day you may experience diarrhea or abdominal bloating , which may rob you of some essential materials your body may need. Basically what you need to do is eat the right foods.


The best foods to get your daily intake are the following: legumes and dried beans, dried fruit, bran cereals, sweet corn, potatoes, peas, broccoli, raisins, prunes, strawberries, apples, pears, spinach, kale, bananas, carrots, dark green lettuce, nuts, and cherries to name a few. Consuming these foods will add fiber to your healthy eating plan.

Conclusion: Fiber is a key element to a healthy eating plan. Fiber can stop overeating plus fight some diseases. Processed foods don’t have enough fiber content. Good sources of natural fiber are whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. 50 grams a day is enough. There are many foods that contain fiber. Adding fiber to your eating plan has many health benefits and is easy to do.

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      3 years ago from California

      Very organized and informative. I like the question/answer format for this topic, allowing readers to easily locate and process relevant information. Due to the abundance of online health and diet data this is essential!

      Thanks for sharing


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