Monday, March 22, 2010

Weight a Minute Monday!

Our Weight a Minute Weekly tip is to eat more Fiber! Why you ask...well fiber has many health benefits and can aid is loosing weight. The goal is to subscribe to a healthier lifestyle and when doing so you will achieve results and more importantly maintain them!

A high-fiber diet has many benefits, which include:
Normalizes bowel movements. (For our crash dieters who are using laxatives for this purpose) Dietary fiber increases the weight and size of your stool and softens it. A bulky stool is easier to pass, decreasing your chance of constipation. If you have loose, watery stools, fiber may also help to solidify the stool because it absorbs water and add
s bulk to stool. For some, fiber may provide relief from irritable bowel syndrome.
Helps maintain bowel integrity and health. A high-fiber diet may lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids, and small pouches in your colon (diverticular disease). Some fiber is fermented in the colon. Researchers are looking at how this may play a role in preventing diseases of the colon.

Lowers blood cholesterol levels. Soluble fiber found in beans, oats, flax seed and oat bran may help lower total blood cholesterol levels by lowering low-density lipoprotein, or 'bad,' cholesterol levels. Epidemiological studies have shown that increased fiber in the diet can reduce blood pressure and inflammation, which is also protective to heart health.
Helps control blood sugar levels. Fiber, particularly soluble fiber, can slow the absorption of sugar, which for people with diabetes can help improve blood sugar levels. A diet that includes insoluble fiber has been associated with a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Aids in weight loss. High-fiber foods generally require more chewing time, which gives your body time to register when you're no longer hungry, so you're less likely to overeat. Also, a high-fiber diet tends to make a meal feel larger and linger longer, so you stay full for a greater amount of time. And high-fiber diets also tend to be less 'energy dense,' which means they have fewer calories for the same volume of food."

Good information ladies to help maintain that Spice Factor! Next week we will share some high fiber tasty eats!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Fiber is so important to you diet. There are some diet plans that really promote this too. Like Weight Watchers and Fiber 1 products make it easy. They have bars, bread, cereal and everything else.