If you’re trying to shed pounds, there is one thing you should be eating more of - Fiber! And believe it or not, some of the tastiest foods on earth can help you reach your daily fiber goals. Strawberries, raspberries, chickpeas, edamame, and okra, are all high in fiber. Just remember: For fiber to adequately do its job, you must drink enough water every day.
What’s the difference between Soluble and Insoluble Fiber?
Insoluble fiber is found in the peels, skins, or husks of plant-based foods. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water, so it passes quickly through your body promoting regularity, as long as you have adequate water intake.
Soluble fiber comes from the innards of plant-based foods. For example, when you eat an apple, the skin of the apple is insoluble fiber, while the flesh of the apple is soluble fiber.
Why do you need fiber to lose weight?
- Fiber-rich foods are satisfying, but naturally low in calories. Your body can't digest insoluble fiber as well as it digests other carbs, sugars, fats, and proteins, so it basically helps create a sensation of satiety by filling you up, but then passes right through you without adding to the net calories you are eating.
- Fiber helps curb overeating by regulating blood-sugar levels. Soluble fiber helps trap sugars and fats, and slow their absorption, and insoluble fibers can further aid weight loss by stabilizing blood sugar levels, which can curb overeating and prevent your body from storing excess fat.
If you’re concerned about your diet or have questions about how much your daily fiber intake should be, give Medical Weight Management NY a call at 855-877-7366, or schedule an appointment on our website. Our team of health professionals will be happy to meet with you at one of our convenient locations in Hewlett or Bellmore and setup a weight management plan based on your unique goals and needs.