Fiber is your friend, or it should be if you are trying to lose weight. But it has to be the right kind of fiber if you want to obtain the proper benefit from it. Not all fiber is created equal. Heck, some of it is no better than just regular carbohydrates,
All About Fiber
Why do we eat fiber? Basically fiber is usually considered a good food source for people because it can help with constipation, lower risk of heart disease and diabetes, and of course aids in weight loss by making you feel full longer.
But there are different kinds of fiber that you can get from food. One is the natural source we find in food that grows such as bran, beans, veggies, nuts, and fruits. The other is an unnatural fiber that can be added to some food that we might find in things like breakfast bars.
So what’s the big deal?
The unnatural fiber doesn’t have the same affect on our bodies. It has been theorized that part of the issue might be psychological in nature with the lesser amount of chewing that is required for foods with fiber added makes us think we haven’t eaten as much compared to how we feel from consuming food that takes a while to get down.
Go with the natural high fiber foods especially in the morning. While you can check labels, food manufactures are a bit tricky about listing the type of fiber added and it can get confusing. But the raw food items without labels never lie. Bran cereal, whole grain pasta, dark leafy vegetables, nuts, and berries are all great choices for food rich with the good kind of fiber.
Starting your day with a fiber rich cereal is one of the best things you can do for your body not only in regards to providing good energy but also ensuring that you don’t get false hunger pangs a few hours later. Your aim should be 5 grams of fiber in the morning or more.
But too much fiber can cause problems as well. Many people get gung-ho and switch to a high-fiber diet and quickly regret it because of gas, bloating, and cramping. Instead gradually increase your daily intake over a period to allow your body time to adjust. Also ensure you drink plenty of water to aid absorption.
There are varied amounts of fiber needed based on the National Academy Institute of Medicine. For men under 50 you need about 38 grams of fiber while women need 25 grams. When the age barrier gets to 50 and older the amount decreases to 30 grams for men and 21 grams for women.
Fiber is something everyone needs in their body. It has a lot of good properties and is easy to include in every meal. You should take the time to make sure you are getting your daily requirement of the good stuff because it does a body good. Also these foods are devoid of the empty calories that some counterparts have. You only have one body and it pays to treat it right.