Atkins, Dukan, Weight Watchers… We’ve tried ‘em all, and much to our dismay, we’re in pretty much exactly the same shape as we were beforehand. With us? You’ll be just as excited as we were to hear about this, then.
A new study suggests that eating fibre (and not, we’d like to add, cutting anything else) will result in the same weight loss as restricting calories. We know. The findings were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School show after they analysed the weight loss of 240 volunteers.
They’re not suggesting we eat ridiculous amounts of the stuff, either. One half of the volunteers were assigned to the American Heart Association diet, which required them to reduce their daily calorie and saturated fat intake, while the others were asked to eat just 30 grams of fibre a day. That’s the equivalent of your five-a-day – and the results showed exactly the same weight loss after one year.
So what is this magic? How does it work? Joe Jackson, Nutritional Therapist for KIKI Health explains: “Fibre is a type of carbohydrate which is not easily digested by the human body.
“Therefore, the bulk of it will remain in the stomach and small intestine, making you feel fuller for longer.
“Not only is this great for helping bulk up our stools, allowing for regular excretion, it can also contribute to a slower release of sugar into the blood stream – meaning there will be less chance of it being stored as fat.”
It’s as easy as that. Jackson has a secret tip for loading up on fibre, too: “The most reliable way of ensuring you are consuming an adequate amount of fibre is to eat your five-a-day with the skin on.” As for high fibre foods apart from fruit and veg, go for oats, lentils, wholegrain cereals, beans, corn (including popcorn!) and wheat bran.
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