WEIGHT LOSS TIP: A diet high in fiber has been shown in research to help weight loss by regulating energy usage by the body causing the body to burn more of the calories that you eat for energy rather than storing them on your body as fat.1 Fiber also helps to stabilize your blood sugar levels and high blood sugar and insulin resistance are closely associated with obesity.2 Fiber will also fill you up creating more of a feeling of fullness and reducing appetite. For all of these reasons it is highly recommended that anyone seeking to lose weight should increase their dietary fiber intake to at least 25 to 40 grams of fiber every day.
Foods that contain a high amount of fiber include breads, fruits and vegetables however it is very important to eat foods that have not been processed to take out the fiber naturally contained in them. For instance, white bread hardly contains any fiber at all so you want to make sure to eat whole grains however most labels are very misleading so make sure the label reads 100% whole wheat which will assure that you receive the natural amount of fiber. When you start eating a diet higher in fiber you will almost immediately notice a greater need and ease in defecating as the insoluble part of the fiber not digested by your body simple passes through your body helping to clean your intestines and keep you regular which is another positive health benefit that aids weight loss. You have nothing to lose by eating more fiber except maybe some excess bodyweight, which is exactly what you want, so start increasing the amount of fiber in your diet and you will not only lose weight but also improve your overall health.