Fiber For Weight Loss - Your Friend For Life

We all know that fiber, a carbohydrate, is good for the digestive system. Since when has it become your life-long friends for losing weight?

Let us sort out why a carbohydrate, which we have been told is not weight loss friendly, can be your weight loss friend.

What Is Fiber?

Fiber is a type of carbohydrate. The key difference between fiber and other types of carbohydrate is that it does not break down much during digestion. This gives it some beneficial aspects for weight loss.

Simple sugars (simple carbs) and starches (complex carbs), on the other hand, are broken down by digestive enzymes. This leads to energy being released by the body that it uses for various important and critical functions.

Why Is Fiber Good for Weight Loss?

Insoluble fiber is defined as not being able to be dissolved in water. This allows it to travel through the digestive system relatively fast. 

This fast movement through the digestive tract leads to signals being sent to the brain that your stomach is full. This results in additional signals which reduces the desire for eating more.

As you can well appreciate, eating less and not eating more is at the heart of the weight loss and weight gain issue. 

Insoluble fiber is contained in whole-wheat flour and wheat bran, different types of nuts and many vegetables.

Soluble fiber, on the other hand, does dissolve in water and forms a kind of gel that also travels through the digestive system.

This "gel" helps regulate blood glucose levels by slowing the absorption of sugar into the blood stream, and reducing spikes in its levels.

Foods that do this generally have low glycemic index numbers. Soluble fiber is part of a wide variety of foods such as oats and barley, carrots and peas, apples and citrus fruit, and the all important beans.

How Much Daily Fiber Is Good?

Generally, experts agree that consuming about 25 grams of fiber per day is beneficial. The average consumption for many is much lower at about 15 grams per day.

Like anything, too much of anything may not be the best approach. Moderation and being aware of your eating habits is the first step to losing weight.

What Diet Should You Consider?

The importance of fiber in eating healthy is well known and also beneficial for helping you lose weight.

Since your weight loss friend the fiber is not broken down in your digestive tract, it adds bulk without calories. This contributes to a feeling of fullness and satisfies hunger pangs and reduces the possibility of storing any excess calories you may consume as fat. This by itself is a key factor in helping you eat less and lose weight.

Low glycemic index diets have been broadly studied and scientifically shown to be healthy and beneficial for losing weight, amongst other benefits. This approach to eating is high in foods that are rich in fiber.

The bottom line is that a sensible weigh loss plan incorporating a low glycemic diet is an approach that has many benefits, in addition to losing weight.

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