Did you know that fibre is a weight loss booster? It acts as an appetite suppressant, which can make us take in fewer calories. It makes us feel more satiated so that you eat less leading to weight loss. Isn’t that awesome!
Fibre refers to carbohydrates that cannot be digested by humans. They are classified as either soluble or insoluble, depending on whether they dissolve in liquids. Soluble fibre sources include cucumbers, blueberries, beans, and nuts. Soluble fibre dissolves into a gel-like texture, helping to slow down your digestion. This helps you to feel full longer, which can help with weight control. On the other hand, insoluble fibre sources include dark green leafy vegetables, green beans, celery, and carrots, does not dissolve and helps add bulk to your stool. This helps food to move through your digestive tract more quickly for healthy elimination.
Whether soluble or insoluble, fibre is good for you. However, research indicates that only viscose sources of fibre have the ability to keep us satiated and lose weight. Fibres with a high viscosity have been shown to increase satiety, reduce appetite and cause automatic weight loss. Food sources include oat bran, dried beans, nuts, barley, flaxseed, oranges, apples and carrots. Its worthy to note that grain-based fibre and Processed food sources are not ideal as these can actually promote insulin and leptin resistance.
Increasing your fibre intake may help you achieve results which rival more complicated diets. Apart from its weight loss benefits, it’s been shown to improve metabolic markers such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar. Fibre also helps protect your heart and cardiovascular health, and appears to reduce mortality from all causes including cancer. Getting your fibre from whole plant foods is the best and healthiest approach. However, a simple tip to increase the amount of fibre in your diet would be to add sunflower sprouts or organic whole husk psyllium is to your meal. Please note: fibre supplements are mostly ineffective for weight loss, with the exception of a powerful type of fibre called glucomannan.
Now you must remember, for sustainable long term results and lasting lifestyle change you’ll also need to have a daily workout regimen. In order to achieve this intensity must be optimised in your exercise routine. As discussed in our earlier post high-intensity Metabolic Burst Exercises can significantly cut down on the amount of time you spend exercising, while enabling your body burn body fat more efficiently.
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