High fibre diets are good for you in many ways, but do you know what they are?
Find out five reasons why high fibre diets are good for your body, skin and energy levels…
Weight loss without the work! A recent study from St. Michael’s Hospital in Canada found that participants lost weight over six weeks by incorporating pulses,which are high in fibre, into their diet without making any other changes to their diet. They didn’t even increase the amount of exercise they did (or didn’t do).
This led researchers to believe that high fibre diets support weight loss and restrict weight gain, so it is obviously win-win.
A lot of high fibre foods are low GI (glycaemic index) which means it takes the body longer to convert it into energy, preventing you from getting hungry as quickly as other foods.
If you’re trying to decrease the amount of food you eat, the more high fibre foods you encorporate, the easier it will be – making it much easier to stick to long term.
Technically, our bodies cannot digest high fibre foods which means they pass easily through us and keep bowel movements regular.
Many people are drinking ‘detox’ or ‘weightloss’ teas at the moment and this is all they really do – however, they have been heavily criticised for basically being laxatives (laxatives = dangerous).
Instead of wasting your money and risking your health, just up your fibre intake!
Many high fibre foods are a great replacement for meat, such as beans and lentils, because they are low in fat but high in protein.
If you are trying to restrict your meat intake, or lower your fat intake, beans and lentils are a great replacement. Add them to salads, curries, chillis… almost anything really.
A recent study demonstrated that people with a high fibre diet had better age related health than others, including high blood press, cognitive problems and disability. So it isn’t all about weight loss goals, high fibre diets have long term health benefits that you will be able to reap in your old age.