Want to Lose Weight? Load Up on Fiber
Eating more fiber can help you lose weight because fiber is low in calories but helps you feel satisfied. Fiber has loads of other health benefits, too. Whether you want to lose weight or not, fiber helps maintain good heart health, keeps your stomach healthy (which is important in weight management), can reduce your risk of diabetes and certain cancers, and promotes regular bowel movements.
According to a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, adding at least 30 grams of fiber a day to your diet can help you lose a significant amount of weight, even if you don’t make other changes to your diet.
Fiber is found in plant-based foods. Adding more vegetables, fruits and whole grains can help you reach the recommended daily intake of fiber. Women need at least 25 grams of fiber per day (36 grams for men), according to The Dietary Guidelines for Americans. However, health experts say that 90 percent of Americans are not getting enough fiber.