Tips to Fight Fat: More Fiber FTW
If you’re a Nuez de la India devotee, you know that this little miracle nut can help keep your appetite under control and give your weight loss a boost. We’re big fans of making weight loss as effortless as possible. After all, you already do so much!
There are plenty of fad diets and trendy tips on weight loss, but if you’re looking for ideas to lower your chances of gaining and up your chances of losing, sometimes the simplest tips are the best. Here’s one nearly everyone can benefit from: Focus on fiber.
Studies have shown that including more fiber in your diet, even without consciously changing any other aspect of your diet or exercise regimen, leads to more weight loss. Not only that, but more fiber is correlated with a lower body weight, period. It’s one of the easiest, hassle free things you can do to control your weight.
So, What is Fiber and Why’s it so Special?
Fiber is a type of carbohydrate—wait, don’t dismiss it yet! It doesn’t count toward your net carbs, if that’s something you’re tracking. It’s not digested easily by your body, so it won’t cause your blood glucose levels to spike. And it does a lot of good things for your body, too.
Women should shoot for 25 grams of fiber daily, men for 40; when it comes to fiber more might even be better. Ask your doctor to find out what’s right for you.
Fiber isn’t a fat killer because it has magical properties—it’s actually pretty simple. Fiber makes you feel full, which means you eat fewer calories. Here’s an easy example to understand: When you drink a glass of OJ, it can cause your blood sugar to rise, and lead to a crash later, because it’s relatively high in sugar. On the other hand, eating an actual orange can keep you full much longer than another similarly carby snack, like a donut. Why?
Chowing down on a loaded baked potato, including the skin, is probably going to keep your tummy happy for a few hours—but the same amount of calories in chips? Not so much. Why?
Fiber’s presence in your stomach helps to trip the receptors that tell your brain you’ve had “enough.” It also helps slow your digestion so that anything else you eat alongside it doesn’t cause your blood sugar to sky
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