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Fiber: Natural Weight Loss Supplement

May 3, 2017 (Updated: August 16, 2018)
Lily Moran

There’s one question I get asked more than any other: How can I lose weight? Thanks to the glamorized Hollywood world we live in and the expectations we put on ourselves, it seems like just about everyone wants to lose a few pounds, whether it’s necessary or not. Luckily, there’s one thing everyone can do to get closer to that goal—without going through any starvation diets, without developing any unhealthy habits, and without sacrificing your happiness at the altar of the scale. There’s one thing that, in addition to helping anyone lose weight, is also an essential component of any healthy meal plan.

A Very Sensitive Subject

Let’s be clear: Carrying too much weight is not healthy.

The primary driver of type II diabetes, and a leading contributor to heart disease, stroke, and some kinds of cancer, obesity is one of the leading causes of preventable diseases, along with smoking.

There’s no getting around the fact that too much weight—especially visceral fat, which builds up around organs and interferes with their functions—is dangerous.

And America is continuing to get larger over time. Over two thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or heavier. One third is obese.

Yet there is a very simple solution to all of this. An easy way to make sure that you’re eating a healthy amount, whether you need to lose or simply maintain your weight. It’s something your body needs to properly function, anyway.

I’m talking about fiber.

Fiber: Nature’s Perfect Weight Control

Fiber, as you probably know, is just the name we give to complex carbohydrates that the body doesn’t digest.

You might think that the indigestible parts of food wouldn’t be that important. But you’d be wrong.

Fiber, it turns out, might be the most important foods you eat every day.

To start, while you may not digest fiber, the bacteria that live in your gut microbiome love the stuff.

That’s why fiber is such an important supplement if you are having digestive problems. Fiber feeds all the good bacteria in your gut, increasing the efficiency of your digestion.

But that’s just the start.

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Most important for this discussion, fiber fills you up, helping you feel fuller, faster. Consequently, eating more fiber will help you to consume fewer calories.

Because fiber itself doesn’t have calories and doesn’t get digested, it won’t add inches to your waist. There’s a reason that every nutritionist will tell you to eat as many green vegetables as you like—they are high in fiber, and you’ll feel full well before you eat too much.

However, at the same time, fiber is an essential part of just about every healthy fruit and vegetable out there, which typically come with a whole host of important nutrients.

In fact, fiber even helps you to process those nutrients in a more efficient way.

That’s why the sugar in fruit—even fruits high in sugar—isn’t considered bad for you (unless you’re already diabetic or pre-diabetic). Your body needs sugar to function properly, and fibrous sugar enters your bloodstream at a nice, steady pace.

Your blood sugar never spikes or crashes. Instead, you get just the right amount of sugar, at just the right speed. Your body was designed to use the sugar in a whole apple—turn it into juice without any fiber, you get the dangerous insulin spikes that accompany too much sugar dumped into your blood at once.

What’s more, fiber acts like a broom for your gut. It sweeps away any gunk or toxins that may be lingering along the lining of your digestive tract, making fiber the best kind of natural detox.

To put it simply, your body is designed to use fiber as its regulator. Fiber make you feel full before you eat too many calories. Your body processes nutrients more efficiently when you eat them with fiber. And every inch of your digestive tract gets a good “scrubbing” helping to ensure it’s running just the way it should.

There are no miracle weight-loss (or weight-gain) cures in this world. Except, perhaps, fiber.

It won’t work overnight—you need to make fiber-rich foods a long-term habit, not a quick fix.

But the good news is, as long as you are taking in enough fiber, you will naturally gravitate to your ideal weight, whatever that may be. It truly couldn’t be simpler.

If you dedicate yourself to making fiber a huge part of your life—half of each meal, as a rule of thumb—the rest will take care of itself.

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