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5 Ways to Get More Fat-Fighting Fiber

By Monica Ciociola
From the Million Dollar Body Club - Join Today and Workout to Win!

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 your diet:

  • 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, or rye.

  • Fruits. 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.

  • Side 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.

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