Fibre is an essential nutrient that ideally should be included in everyone’s diet plan is some form.

Fibre supports a weight-loss diet by helping an individual to feel full for longer. Here are a few simple ways in which you can include more fibre in your diet, without much added effort.

Throw in some beans

Beans are not only packed with protein but fibre too – two wonderful ingredients that support a weight-loss diet! If you are whipping up a salad, consider throwing in some cooked beans. You can even add them to almost any meal, whether it’s a curry, stew or even as a filling component to pies, rolls, etc.

Best of all, there is a wide variety of beans to choose from, each one offering a slight difference in flavour and texture. So do a little research of your own and discover which is your favourite.

Whip up a smoothie

Smoothies are one of the easiest and most nutritious of beverages to prepare. Simply choose your favourite (preferably, high in fibre) fruits and vegetables, add a little yoghurt and blend together. It can be consumed during breakfast or at any part of the day as a refreshing, nutrient dense snack. You may not even realise the health and weight-loss benefits it is providing!

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Should I take a supplement?

Some people may choose or may be recommended to take over-the-counter fibre supplements. Chat to your doctor regarding taking fibre supplements before doing so on your own. He/she will be able to advise you whether it is necessary or not and whether it is a suitable option for you.

Consult a professional

Always consult a dietitian if you require assistance in putting a meal plan together. Ask the dietitian about other ways in which you can include more fibre into your eating plan.

In addition, you should always check with your doctor before making any drastic changes to your diet, especially if you are under medication or suffer from any medical condition that has an effect on your diet.

While All4Women endeavours to ensure health articles are based on scientific research, health articles should not be considered as a replacement for professional medical advice. Should you have concerns related to this content, it is advised that you discuss them with your personal healthcare provider.