Did you know the average American takes in about 8-10 grams of fiber a day? Why is this number important? Well, the average suggested fiber consumption is around 25-30 grams of fiber per day. This suggests our intake of fiber is roughly 50-60% less than what it should be. Fiber helps our digestive functioning which in turn helps us lose weight more quickly.Often we are working out non-stop and wondering why our results aren't there. YES, there is a reason. One of the main reasons is LACK OF FIBER. It would be hard for me to pin obesity entirely on the lack of fiber intake, but I can say for sure that the lack of it in the diet is not very helpful for weight loss
I will admit I am a fiber optimist. So my assertions will be broadly based on my own experiences and successes with fiber. With my increased fiber intake I noticed quicker shrinkage of my stomach area and extreme improvement in my digestive processing and functioning.
My tips on fiber:
1. Start increasing your fiber intake slowly I would suggest an increase of 5-10 grams a week.
2. Expect to be extremely gassy and bloated (Your body is adjusting)
3. INCREASE, and I do mean INCREASE your water. Not less than 80 ounces (A DAY)
4. Consult with a nutrition coach if you need advise on your own personal plan for increased fiber intake and supplementation. This would include identifying fiber sources, understanding the difference between soluble and insoluble fiber, and much more.
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