Eat More Fiber
One of the simplest and easiest ways to eat better, feel better, and to lose or control weight is to eat more fiber. This simple technique really is one of the absolute best things you can do to maintain health and a healthy weight over a lifetime for several reasons.
One, fiber makes you feel full, so it prevents you from overeating.
Two, fiber takes time to consume, in most cases, so it tricks you into thinking that you’re eating more than you are.
Three, high fiber foods often contain a lot of bulk and so they can hydrate you as well.
Four, high fiber foods help to control your blood sugar level and energy, as well as your cholesterol.
Five, fiber is contained only in plants, and plant-based diets are generally healthier than animal-based diets.
Six, insoluble fiber promotes regularity of bowel movements.
There are two types of fiber- insoluble or soluble, though most fiber-rich foods have both. Insoluble fiber can be found in many whole-grains, bran, oats, vegetables, and fruit with skin. Soluble fiber dissolves when added to water and is gel-like, slowing down the movement of food through the small intestine. Sources are things like peas, beans, apples, and citrus fruits. Soluble fiber is thought to lower cholesterol by reducing LDL cholesterol.
Men need to shoot for 25-30 grams of fiber per day, and women 20-25 grams, whereas the average American gets much less.
This secret little tip can almost single-handedly change your life, because the typical diet has so little fiber. The key is to focus on eating more fiber daily, so you’ll feel full, keep your blood sugar steady, and eat less overall!
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