5 Ways to Get More Fat-Fighting
By Monica Ciociola
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Fiber is much more than
just a way to stay regular. It also helps us lose weight by making us feel
satisfied and keeping unhealthy cravings at bay. The U.S. Department of Health
recommends a dietary fiber intake of 20 to 35 grams per day, but the average
American is only getting about half that amount. Blame all of today's
overprocessed and refined foods.
So I'd like to
propose that people everywhere start their day with a tall glass of golden,
delicious Metamucil. Well, actually, no. Unlike our parents' generation, we can
get all the benefits of Metamucil without paying the chalky, gritty costs. Here
are five easy, pleasant, and painless ways to add more fat-fighting fiber to
- Breakfast. Choose the regular, slow-cooking kind of
oatmeal over most cereal. Beware of cereals labeled "crunchy" or "frosted" or
that have sugar listed as the first ingredient. If you do start your day with
cereal, look for whole grain as the first ingredient: whole wheat, whole oats,
Go for the whole fruit instead of fruit juice; not only is it more satisfying,
it contains all the beneficial fiber that's left behind when juice is extracted
from the whole fruit.
- Breads. Choose 100% whole grain breads with at least 3
grams of fiber instead of processed, refined bread.
dishes. It's better to pay up for high-fiber, nutrient-rich brown rice
instead of settling for processed, refined white rice.
- Snacking. Raw fruits and veggies are best; but nuts
and seeds are also loaded with fiber and will leave you feeling satisfied,
though they're high in calories and fat, so watch your portions. Stay away from
potato chips, cookies, and candy, all of which have little nutritional value
and won't fill you up.