You could be compromising your weight-loss efforts if your current eating plan doesn’t include sufficient amount of fibre, found in plant foods
How does fibre support weight loss?
Fibre not only facilitates good bowel movements, but also helps us to feel fuller much sooner than other foods do. This is because fibre absorbs water as it moves along the digestive tract, creating a feeling of satiation or fullness.
What are good sources of fibre?
Good sources of fibre include wholewheat and wholegrain cereals, pastas or breads, oats, rye, barley and of course, the best is in fruits and vegetables. Opt to include a variety of these sources into your diet plan as they offer other valuable nutrients too. For example, oranges contain both fibre and vitamin C which helps to boost our immune system. Similarly, carrots are high in fibre as well as vitamin A which plays a role in maintaining good eyesight.
Have fresh food fibre at snack time
You can include more fibre into your diet by snacking on popcorn or fruit. Vegetables can be turned into delicious smoothies within seconds. Alternatively chop them up, dip them into some hummus and enjoy. Fruit can be eaten as a fruit salad in which you can combine a small variety. Chat to your doctor about taking fibre supplements.
Consult a professional
Always consult a dietitian if you require assistance in putting a meal plan together. In addition, you should always check with your doctor before making any drastic changes to your diet, especially if you are pregnant, under medication or suffer from any medical condition affects your diet.
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