3 Fiber Products that Can Help You Lose Weight
Fiber (complex carbohydrates) is a necessary part of your daily diet for both weight loss and health reasons–but it does not actually provide any nutritional value on its own. In fact, fiber races through your body acting like the chimney sweep of your colon.
Fiberous foods cannot be absorbed easily. Your body does not break them down the way simple carbohydrates, like sugar, are broken down. When you eat high fiber foods, you feel full sooner and stay full longer. The fiber moves through your digestive system carrying cholesterol and carcinogens out, cleansing your colon and promoting bowel regularity.
So what foods should you eat to increase your fiber consumption and help you lose weight?
- Whole grains. Whole grains are true, unadulterated forms of fiber. Stone ground whole wheats, oats and barley all pack a significant fiber punch.
- Fruit. Whether in the skin of the fruit or in the actual pulp, fruit is generally high in fiber and carries many important vitamins and nutrients.
- Legumes. Legumes–also known as beans–like lentils, kidney and peas are high in fiber.
Eating the above three food types daily can give you enough fiber to make a substantial difference in both your appetite and your weight.