Another reason to get your daily fiber in! A recent study showed that those who ate at least 30 grams of fiber a day lose more weight than those who eat less. Another study found that 'plant based diets lead to weight loss'. Now weight loss shouldn't be your sole reason for increasing fruits and vegetables...BUT...it's damn good motivator! One thing to take note on is the 'plant based' phrase. They didn't differentiate between vegan, vegetarian, ovo-lacto-vegetarian, etc. because in those diets, you can still eat bad. Chips, cookies, and white stuff are vegetarian. So the focus was on a plant based diet. Those of us in the nutrition (and health) field are constantly telling clients to increase their fiber intake. And not just with whole grains. It has to come from increasing fruits and vegetables as well. "Eat more fiber" doesn't sound sexy or exciting but if you know 'eating more fiber may kick-start my weight loss'...now that sounds exciting! Of course there are so many benefits to eating more fiber than losing weight so don't get caught up on that. Results vary and it is dependent upon what you do with the rest of your eating habits and your activity level so don't take this new study and consider it a quick 'weight loss trick'. It's not. It's just confirming what we already know. A high fiber diet leads to a healthier body and in more ways than one. Here are just a few benefits to getting at least 30g/fiber a day in your diet:
All of these mentioned above are amazing but let's not forget the other benefits these functional foods offer like phytochemicals, antioxidants, and cancer-fighting properties. So although the idea of losing weight while increasing fiber intake is a great one, try not to overlook the holistic benefits you obtain that go far beyond weight loss. And remember when increasing your fiber intake, do so slowly and drink plenty of water to avoid irritation, gas, and bloating.
Eat up and enjoy!