As most of you know, I have been on my weight loss journey a little over a year now. Although I haven’t lost all the weight I would’ve liked to within the past year, I did drop a total of 40lbs but it’s mostly because there are certain foods I refuse to give up and I have fell off the wagon a couple of times.
Losing weight really can get hard sometimes especially if you don’t know what foods are best to help aid in your weight loss. Yes, there are certain foods designed to actually help you lose weight faster, but most of us have the slightest clue what they are. We think that salads and rabbit food are always the answer, but truth is, it depends on exactly how you prepare those too because some can salads carry the calories of a hamburger with all the dressing that some of us pile on them.
While browsing over at Women’s Health Mag, I ran across an interesting article that tells the best fiber for weight loss. We all know that fiber is a very important part of your diet as it helps get rid of unnecessary waste which keeps your body free of old food and toxins.
Here are the best fibers for weight loss:
Foods With Fiber
To get your recommended daily allowance of 25 grams of fiber (most of us eek by with just 14!), make sure these fiber-rich foods are on your plate:
- Whole grains Fiber from bran (the outer layer of grains) is best at curbing hunger, Slavin says. To get your fill, start your mornings with one of the healthiest cereals (it should have at least five grams of fiber per serving), or go halfsies, mixing your usual cereal with a bran-packed variety. Swap white pasta for whole wheat and white rice for brown. Every cup of those little grains contains 3.5 grams of fiber.
- Beans and legumes If you aren’t used to mowing down on these guys, it’s best for your tummy—and the air around you—if you introduce them into your diet slowly. Try tossing chickpeas or edamame into your salad or black beans and lentils (both pack about 15 grams of fiber per cup!) into your soup. Don’t forget: beans and legumes are also protein powerhouses.
- Vegetables Serve up a fiber-packed salad. Spinach, topped with veggies like avocado, corn, and artichoke hearts, can get you more than halfway to your fiber goals. Also, make your mealtime sides veggie ones: Just one cup of split peas boasts 16.3 grams of fiber.
- Nuts While all nuts will score you some fiber, just a handful of almonds will get you 4 grams closer to your fiber goals. Put some in a baggie before work and nosh on them throughout the day.
- Fruit Start your morning with your favorite fruits and berries. One cup of raspberries will score you about a third of your daily fiber needs. Or if you’re a dessert girl with a sweet tooth, replace your treats with a piece of fruit. A medium-size pear has about 5.5 grams of fiber.
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