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Monday, 26 January 2015

Eat Fibre To Lose Weight

If you are looking to lose weight, slowly increase the amount of fibre in your diet. 

Ideally, we should get between 20 to 35 grams of fibre a day. In order to meet this, we need to include plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains in our diet, as these foods are packed with fibre and will keep us full for a longer time, thereby enabling weight loss.

If you are looking to lose weight the healthy way, include plenty of vegetables like carrots, spinach, lettuce, radish and cruciferous vegetables, pumpkin, sweet potatoes and mushrooms in your diet. Also include plenty of legumes and beans like dals. Additionally freshly made vegetable juices can also make you feel fuller, while providing you with essential nutrients. Also, include plenty of fresh fruits, unsalted nuts, seeds and grains in your daily diet.

Why Fibre Helps You Lose Weight

On its own, fibre does not contain any calories, while providing bulk to one’s diet. There are two types of fibre, water-insoluble and water-soluble. Water-insoluble fibre is found in all vegetables, whole grains and cereals and adds bulk to one’s diet. Whereas water-soluble fibre, is found in fruits, legumes and seeds and exits the stomach more slowly, thereby helping us feel fuller for a longer period. Also, foods loaded with fibre take a longer time to consume, which means the stomach feels full sooner and you eat less and don’t tend to snack between meals. 

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