If you’re trying to lose weight and find it helpful to track your progress, why not track something that will actually benefit your weight and health? That something I’m referring to is FIBER.
High fiber foods can help with weight loss and decreased risk if heart disease.
According to research from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, adding high fiber foods such as vegetables and fruits to your daily diet is effective at producing weight loss and lowering heart disease risk.
Use these simple strategies to boost your fiber intake. Gradually work your way up to 25 – 35 grams per day and be sure to drink plenty of water. Always read the Nutrition Facts Label and choose foods with a higher %DV of dietary fiber; for example, 20% DV or more of dietary fiber per serving. FYI – the ancestral human diet contained upwards of 100 grams of fiber per day – imagine that!
One of the best sources of fiber are lentils. According to NutritionAction.com, each ¼ cup of dry red lentils (which makes ¾ cup when cooked) packs 9 grams of fiber and 13 grams of protein, plus roughly 25 percent of a day’s folate, 15 percent of a day’s iron, 14 percent of a day’s zinc, 9 percent of a day’s magnesium, and 6 percent of a day’s potassium. Not bad for 180 calories, zero sodium, and around 25 cents per serving.
Check out this delicious recipe for Red Lentil Curry containing 9 grams of fiber per cup. Enjoy!
If you are ready to get off the diet roller coaster and GET HEALTHY instead, I’d love to hear from you. Let’s talk about how we can work together so you can achieve your personal best weight and maintain it with ease. NO MORE DIETING.
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