Fibre rich foods are the way forward in keeping you fuller for longer. This means you are less likely to be tempted by poor food choices and the weight will drop off. Rich fibre foods are fruit and vegetables and wholegrains such as berries, leafy greens, beans and grains. Not only do they work at maintaining your health but they contain many other nutritional benefits such as vitamins, minerals and cholesterol reducing properties. In addition, fibre has the potential to reduce health ailments such as high blood sugar or type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and some cancers.
Many studies have shown that people who eat plenty of fibre via fruits and vegetables are less likely to gain weight or be overweight and obese than individuals who do not eat fruit and vegetables. In Australia, most people are under in achieving their daily recommendation of 30g a day. Most consume less than 20g a day.
Why are so many of us coming up so short? The answer, at least in part, is that fibre-rich whole foods are up against their strongest competition-processed foods, which are a poor nutrient choice, and not just for their fibre content.
If you're not accustomed to eating so many high-fibre foods on a regular basis, ease your way this and focus on making this a long-term lifestyle change, not just a quick fix. Start with one or two of the tips below and gradually add more fibre to your diet as your body adapts.
Select a breakfast cereal that provides 5 or more grams of fibre per serving. Add some fruit, fresh, dreid or canned is all suitable.
Experiment and enjoy a variety of ways, whether that is snacking on pop-corn or veggies and hummus, or a new Asian dish, adding fibre is not as hard as it may seem.
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