Fiber is not sexy. It will not become the hot conversation at your next dinner party. Almost guaranteed: Bring up fiber’s many benefits at your next coffee date and your friend will quickly change the subject.
But for fast, lasting fat loss and lots more, dietary fiber reigns supreme.
Too bad we’re not getting nearly enough.
One study titled "Trends in dietary fiber intake in the United States, 1999-2008," published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, found the average person gets about 15 grams of fiber a day, well below the 25-38 grams recommended adequate intake for adults.
Among its numerous benefits, fiber can help you lose weight. That's because it helps slow down stomach emptying so you feel fuller longer.
Those are among the reasons I call fiber a magic bullet for fast, lasting fat loss. A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine supports this...
Researchers asked 240 participants to either eat fewer calories and follow the American Heart Association's diet or simply get more dietary fiber.
One year later, the fiber folks lost an average of 4.6 pounds, whereas the reduced-calorie group lost an average of 6 pounds. Impressive, considering the fiber group made no other dietary modifications.
To get fast, lasting fat loss and fiber's other benefits, I recommend my clients get 50 grams of fiber daily. Yes, 50.
Please don't do this all at once. Gradually increase your intake 5 grams a week until you've met that quota. I've got 7 easy ways to easily increase fiber intake:
A protein shake becomes my favorite way to increase fiber intake, which provides you steady, sustained energy all morning. Adding avocado, frozen raspberries, raw kale (you won't taste it), and freshly ground flaxseed or Extra Fiber to my Paleo- or plant-based protein powder provides about 15-20 grams of fiber. Do one of these once or twice daily and you've almost hit your 50-gram quota.
What one high-fiber rock star would you add to this list? Knowing its many benefits, do you aim for more high-fiber foods?