Body Buzz: Eat More Fiber

The best weight-loss diet is one full of filling whole grains and fiber. According to a study in Archives of Internal Medicine, high fiber dieters lost about twice as much fat in 12 weeks as people on a standard low-fat diet. In the low-fat diet, low-fiber foods such as bagels were included. However, satisfying foods like oatmeal are a much better source of fiber. Here are some helpful hints for adding fiber to your diet.

Instead of ordering fries with your meal, try ordering a side of broccoli instead. You will cut out the fried fatty stuff and supplement with a nice green veggie that has lots of fiber, as well as other key nutrients. Start your morning with a bowl of oatmeal or a bran muffin with a banana. Either one will give you plenty of energy for the day, while being a great source of fiber as well. If you love to eat cereal, it is the easiest source to obtain fiber. I suggest Raisin Bran, 100% Bran and Bran Buds as these are the cereals highest in fiber presently available.

Find out how to improve your diet after the jump.

To improve your diet, add foods that contain more dietary fiber. You can include some or all of the following:

1. Whole-grain foods (such as bran cereals) and breads (those made with whole-wheat grains).
2. Fresh fruits (including the skin and pulp).
3. Dried or stewed fruits (such as prunes, raisins, or apricots).
4. Root vegetables (such as carrots, turnips, or potatoes).
5. Raw or fresh vegetables, such as cabbage. (Lettuce is actually low in fiber.)

By following these few simple changes, you should start to see improvements in your weight. But remember to exercise too!

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