The weight-loss industry is full of promises of quick fixes — many of which either simply don’t work, or could be detrimental to your health in the long run. Like most things in life, there really isn’t any substitute for hard work over a period of time.
Or is there?
What if there was actually one thing you could add to your diet that would change it completely? One thing that would make you feel full for longer periods of time, help your digestion, and even aid in weight loss. You’d want to know what it was immediately, right?
It’s not a magic pill. It’s fiber.
Sure, it’s not the sexiest diet remedy out there, but believe us, getting the right amount of fiber every day can drastically change how you feel. Men need about 30 – 38 grams of fiber a day, while women need 21 – 25 grams. These numbers don’t seem that high, but most Americans don’t get an adequate amount.
There are two types of fiber, and both of them are great food you: Soluble (which dissolves in water), and insoluble (which does not dissolve in water).
Soluble Fiber VS Insoluble Fiber
Soluble fiber, found in most fruits, many vegetables, and legumes like beans and peas, soaks up water, turning into a “gel”-like substance inside your body. This substance slows the process of digestion, allowing your body to grab more nutrients and vitamins from the foods you’ve just eaten.
Soluble fiber is responsible for keeping you feeling full for longer periods of time, may prevent blood sugar spikes, and helps to lower blood cholesterol levels.
Insoluble fiber, found in bran, whole grains, vegetables and fruits, nuts, beans, legumes and sprouts, is what helps your body move the food you eat through your digestive tract, keeping you “regular” and helping to avoid constipation.
Eat More Plants!
Since both soluble and insoluble fiber is essential for a healthy gut and digestive tract, it’s important to eat foods that are rich in each. Luckily, most fruit, vegetables and legumes have both kinds of fiber, making them the perfect things to grab more of when you’re heading down the aisles of the grocery store.
So while there’s still no magic pill for suddenly becoming healthy, adding more fiber to your diet is definitely an easy way to quickly turn things in the right direction.
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