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Fibre Intake Vital in Weight Loss

Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 4.00.32 PMA study coming out of Massachusetts USA has reconfirmed that a single dietary change  – an increase in fibre, is a simple more manageable addition to assist in weight loss.

Increasing  fibre intake can result in having a more “clinically meaningful weight loss” when compared to a restrictive diet.

Additionally there is significant improvements in insulin resistance and blood pressure.

The US study recruited 240 individuals with metabolic syndrome (also known as insulin resistance in Australia) over 12 months who were than divided into 2 groups.

One group was put on the American Heart Association diet (maximising fruit and vegetable intake, minimising sugar, salt and alcohol) while the second group  was told to increase their fibre intake via fruit, vegetables and wholegrains, to 30 grams per day.

Both groups were instructed not to alter their exercise regime.

Over a 12 month period weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and inflammation levels were monitored for both groups.

At the end of the 12 months, while there was weight loss evident in both groups there was no significant difference in weight loss between the 2 groups. This led to one of the researchers Dr Yunsheng Ma to conclude:

“By changing one thing, people in the fibre group were able to improve their diet, lose weight and improve their overall markers for metabolic syndrome.”

This one change makes it ‘do-able’ for people who have difficulty in maintaining a number of dietary improvements.


Emeds Comment 

It’s all very well to say increase your fibre intake to 30 grams per day but how exactly can we achieve this?

Here are some easy modifications you can make to your daily nutrition to come closer to that ‘magic 30’.


How to Get 30 grams Fibre Into Your Daily Diet

  1. Choose vegetables over salad.
  2. Leave the skin on fruits and vegetables.
  3. Eat whole grains.
  4. Eat more beans and legumes.
  5. Eat more nuts.
  6. Replace fruit and vegetable juice with fruit and vegetables.
  7. Less processed food is far better i.e. make it fresh!
  8. Add crushed bran cereal or unprocessed wheat bran to casseroles, salads, cooked vegetables, and baked products (meatloaf, breads, muffins, casseroles, cakes, cookies). Alternatively, find ways to work in ground flax seeds or coconut flour, both of which are very good sources of fibre.


Breakfast fibre recipe

1 cup ground LSA (linseeds, sunflower seeds, almonds)
1 cup slippery elm powder
1 cup rice bran
1 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup psyllium husks
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp acidophilus powder

Add a dessertspoon to cereal, smoothie or yoghurt each morning.


Remember to add fibre to your diet slowly. If you are currently getting 10 grams of fibre a day, don’t jump to 30 grams of fibre the next day. You need to give the natural bacteria in your digestive system time to adapt to your new fibre intake. 

People who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) will need to proceed with caution as an increase in fibre could exacerbate the condition.

It’s certainly great to note that one of many positive ‘side effects’ of increasing high-fibre foods is there is less room for higher calorie, lower nutrient foods, assisting in the weight loss process.

Fibre really is your number 1 weight loss weapon!



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