High Fiber Diets
Fiber Diet Theory
The idea behind very high fiber diets is that food passes through our
system so fast that the body doesn't have a chance to absorb all the calories
eaten. So the more fiber you eat, the more calories will be excreted and
the greater the weight loss.
High Fiber Diet Practice
There is no evidence to suggest that a diet which
is very high in fiber leads to fast weight loss purely because of it's
fiber content. Fiber-rich foods are filling and because fiber is indigestible
it has no calories. But eating lots of fiber does not guarantee weight
loss. The only thing that guarantees weight loss is eating fewer calories
than you expend. Moreover, the side effects of very high fiber diets can
be highly discomforting for anyone accustomed to normal dietary patterns.
Diets with Fiber are Good: Diets with
too much fiber are Not
Too much fiber may deplete certain vitamins. Furthermore, when food passes
through the body too quickly, nutrients are not absorbed properly and
this can lead to ill health.
Avoid it. Instead, choose a high carbohydrate, low fat diet with regular
amounts of fiber.
A Note about Healthy Weight Control
Fad diets, unbalanced diets, diet pills, diet supplements, weight loss
surgery and other short term weight loss methods are not recommended for
permanent weight control. The best way to lose excess fat and maintain
a healthy weight in the long term is to follow a balanced calorie-controlled
diet (that improves your eating habits) and take regular aerobic exercise.
An excellent option is this
Weight Loss Program