We've always known fiber to be an important part of a healthy diet. But new studies are showing it may be the secret to losing weight and keeping it off. Why? Recent studies have shown that those who added more fiber to their diet picked up other important healthy habits like exercising regularly.
In a yearlong clinical trial, 240 obese people with metabolic syndrome, researchers found that those who ate more fiber lost almost as much weight as those who followed the American Heart Association's detailed dietary recommendations. [La Times]
The recommended daily intake of fiber is between 25-30 grams. Typically the main sources of fiber are in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and beans. Fiber has been shown to lower blood cholesterol and blood pressure. Fiber fills you up and keeps you fuller longer.
Americans in general have a lot of room for improvement when it comes to their fiber intake. It's important to expand your intake through high-fiber foods rather than only supplements.
Studies show that a simple high-fiber diet can provide health benefits while also being easier to stick with long term.