High fiber foods provide some of the most important substances that our bodies need to process food and the substance fills us up. The good news is that foods high in fiber are so filling, they help with weight loss in the process.
Fiber slows digestion and helps keep blood glucose levels steady for an extended period of time. And because it’s so filling and doesn’t cause a glucose roller coaster ride, it helps keep us from overeating (1).
I’m sure many of the “diets” you’ve tried in the past made you feel hungry like fury! If you want to lose weight by eating and feeling full instead, you definitely need to get more fiber in your diet.
What is Fiber?
Fiber is an indigestible part of a plant that helps the intestines soak up water and “keep things moving,” if you catch my drift (2). Fiber is found predominantly in the following carbohydrates:
- Whole grains
Just like you’ve always been told, a healthy portion of a food’s fiber is found in the peel, so eat the apple and potato skins! If you’re feeling adventurous, you can eat the fibrous peel of your kiwi and banana (3). Yes, really!