Losing weight by adding fiber to the menu: Does this really work?

Pat Anthony By Pat Anthony, 2nd Oct 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Commercials for foods that contain high amounts of fiber suggest these will lead to weight loss. How do we know if this will work?

How much fiber does the average person need?

According to the United States Food and Drug Administration the average woman needs between 21 and 25 grams of fiber each day. Men typically need between 30 and 38 grams of fiber each day. It is best to spread fiber throughout the day. Also, if a person does not usually eat enough fiber, this should be added slowly.

Why does adding fiber to a diet help you lose weight?

For many people, just eating foods higher in fiber helps create a sense of fullness. Most people stay satisfied longer if they eat foods that are high in fiber rather than those with empty calories.

Being satisfied is one of the most important things when it comes to trying to lose weight. If someone is hungry, they will not continue on a plan to lose weight.

Losing weight by adding fiber to your diet.

Adding fiber to the menu to lose weight sounds easy enough. Maybe all you have to do is purchase one the cereals advertised daily to help you lose the weight you want to. Actually, this could be a start in the right direction if you are not eating enough fiber now. However, many will find adding fiber to just one meal may not be enough.

Ways to add fiber that could result in weight loss.

Add fiber to baked goods to help with weight loss. Even making cookies with some added nuts, oatmeal or bran can give significant increase to the daily intake of fiber. Be creative. There are recipes for cookies and brownies online that include beans for added fiber. These not only have fiber, they taste good and have fewer calories than some other foods.

More ways to get added fiber for weight loss.

Consider adding vegetables or beans that are high in fiber to your menu each day. Perhaps a small serving of your favorite beans each day would be a good start. Some enjoy adding fiber to beverages and soups.

Fiber products can be found in grocery and health food stores. Be sure to read labels so you understand what you are adding to your food.

Some have found that adding chopped celery or carrots to some foods, such as chicken salad, will give them the fiber boost needed. Those who enjoy salads on a daily basis may be able to add a few more vegetables to their plate to get what they need.


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As a freelance writer with articles posted on several sites, Pat enjoys contributing information about health and local events. See Pat as the Charlotte Healthy Living Examiner on examiner.com.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
5th Oct 2011 (#)

Great tips thank you!

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