Obesity and its related diseases are at an epidemic level in the United States, with over 1/3 of the population being overweight. As doctors and scientists continue to develop treatments for this serious condition, those who are struggling to lose weight are at a crossroads. For many people, diet and exercise can work, but for others it can seem like an endless road. Some people who are overweight simply struggle to make the lifestyle changes that are required to lose weight, such as choosing healthier foods and getting active.
New research suggests though, that the answer to weight loss may be as easy as adding more fiber into your diet. A study conducted by the U.S. National Institutes of Health involved 240 adults that were at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The participants were asked to change their diets for one year. Half of the group was asked to increase their fiber consumption to at least 30 grams a day and they had to get the fiber from foods such as whole grains and vegetables. Aside from that, they could eat what they wanted. The other half were asked to follow a much more strict diet which is recommended by the American Heart Association.
The group that was given the higher fiber diet was able to lose weight, lower their blood sugar, and lower their cholesterol levels. While they did not lose as much weight as those on the AHA diet, the results were still promising. Researchers believe that asking someone to change only one thing will help them stick to it. Increasing fiber is easy to do, and will often push other unhealthy foods out of the way since fiber helps us to feel full.
Joan Salge Blake, of Boston University, believes that the results prove that a small step can have a big impact when it comes to losing weight. By adding fiber rich foods to your diet, you will be closer to success with weight loss than previously thought. While increasing fiber intake can cause some digestion changes, they will even out sooner than later.
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