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Pass The Fiber, Please

June 23, 2021

Perhaps the most boring nutrition advice ever given is “eat more fiber.” It’s something your grandparents or parents might say before pouring you a helping of bran cereal (yum). Unfortunately, most of the things that are good for you are also very boring.

Fiber might not be the most miraculous substance on earth, but it can help you lose body fat. A research roundup published in 2017 that looked at 12 different studies found that fiber supplements helped people lose weight. On average, participants in the studies lost 5.5 pounds. The studies lasted anywhere from 2-17 weeks.

The important thing about the studies is that they used fiber supplements. By isolating fiber in the form of a supplement, you can see how much of an impact it truly has on the body. Perhaps one of the reasons why fruits and vegetables are so healthy is due to their relatively high fiber content.

According to the University of California, San Francisco, most adults should eat 25-30 grams of fiber every day. The average intake, however, is around 15 grams. They also note that you should get your minimum amount of fiber from food, not supplements.

To get fiber, eat a combination of the following:

  • Grains and cereals
  • Legumes and beans
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Fiber supplements

Before you go reaching for a weight burner supplement or some other gimmick, perhaps you should try taking grandma’s advice: eat more fiber. Try to get it through food first, but if that doesn’t work or if you find it difficult, try a supplement!

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