Healthy diets appear difficult when we think of reducing calories to lose weight, but by adding this one type of food may be the key to improving your health and fat loss.
According to a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, increasing fiber intake may be a reasonable approach for individuals who had problems with weight loss programs. Past studies show how dietary fiber can control your appetite by making you feel full, but researchers wanted to focus on the one dietary change that resulted in collateral effects (Ann Inter. Medicine 2015).
In the clinical trial, 240 adults with metabolic syndrome engaged in group and individual sessions. The group assigned to the American Heart Association (AHA) diet focused on reducing their calories and limiting saturated fat. The fiber group was only asked to consume more foods high in fiber, like whole grains and fruits, to achieve a goal of at least 30 grams of fiber each day. Neither group had to change their daily physical activity or exercise routine.
After 12 months, both groups had about the same weight loss and showed identical reductions in blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels. I was always a consumer of high fiber diets because I personally love natural fruits and vegetables. I go running about 3 times per week so adding more fiber to my diet would be great for me. “By changing one thing, people in the fiber group were able to improve their diet and lose weight and improve their overall markers for metabolic syndrome,” says study author Dr. Yunsheng Ma.
I agree that weight loss programs should begin to focus more on the good foods that improve your health rather than cutting out foods from your diet. I believe this will make it seem easier to stick to a healthy diet and reduce calories. If you love whole grains, fruits and vegetables like me, I suggest you consume more fiber in your diet for fat loss and to live healthier.
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Source: Ma Y, Olendzki BC, Wang J, Persuitte GM, Li W, Fang H, et al. “Single-Component Versus Multicomponent Dietary Goals for the Metabolic Syndrome: A Randomized Trial.” Ann Intern Med. 2015; 162:248-257.doi: 10.7326/M14-0611