Sunday, July 4, 2010

Yes Fiber helps on losing weight

There are so many ways to lose weight but you can start by proper diet and a daily dose of fiber.
Fiber is best known for it's ability to prevent or relieve constipation and promote bowel regularity. This is important because should our digestive processes go wrong. we may retain unwanted calories, fats and toxins after heavy meals. This may lead to variety of conditions-from obesity, diabetes, abnormal blood conditions to fatal coronary heart diseases or even colon cancer.

Fiber helps the digestive process by keeping food moving through the intestines- all the way to the colon or large intestine. A normal digestion lowers the risks of disorders like hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome and the formation of small pouches in the colon called diverticulosis.
Weight loss is another main benefit. fiber has a filling effect, so you don't feel hungry all the time. If you don't eat too much, you don't gain as much.

Making fiber as part of your diet is a challenge in this day and age where the demands at work at home can put a strain on everything - including proper nutrition. Adults need from 20-35 grams of fiber daily. An amount you can get from fresh fruits nuts and vegetables. Fiber sources include:

  • Dried beans and other legumes
  • Bran cereals
  • Sweet corn
  • Whole wheat or whole grain
  • Cereal products
  • Broccoli
  • Plums, pears and apples
  • Raisins and prunes
  • Green and leafy vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Bananas
  • Carrots
Taking fiber not only helps you to lose weight but it actually helps you add more years to your life. There is really no-one shot solution to being healthy. But with proper diet and fiber intake can help you achieve your goal.

4 comments:

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Poetic Shutterbug said...

Great info and tips on fiber. I did not know about the sweet corn and I'm happy about it because I love corn and eat it all the time.

marthas@womens-health-questions.com said...

Adding more fiber to your diet will likely help you lose weight and improve your health, but do it gradually. Rapid increases in consumption of fiber may result in gas or diarrhea. And be sure to drink plenty of fluids when adding fiber to your diet. While fiber is normally helpful to your digestive system, without adequate fluids it can cause constipation instead of helping to eliminate it.

Don said...

Fiber also helps to stabilize blood sugar levels, which is a big aid for the millions of Americans who suffer from diabetes.

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