It seems like every year there’s some new fad diet that becomes the hot topic of conversation. The new “it diet” du jour. This is mainly because our quest for a miraculous way to quickly lose weight has gone unfulfilled — and for good reason. It doesn’t exist. When it comes to your diet, you need to be realistic and focus on your health. That’s key because most people don’t actually consider their health when jumping on fad diets. They’re just concerned with results.
There’s also the desire for these diets to be quick and easy…convenient. We get it, not everyone has the time to domeal preps, carry multiple snacks, exercise and work. Our daily schedules are demanding. However, with just a little bit of focus and planning, we can make better food choices without having to jump on the latest craze.
The good news is, today, we have many more nutritious options that are more readily accessible. But where do we start? You probably know where this is going: FIBER. Right now, the average American adult eats about 16 grams of fiber daily. This really should be closer to 30 grams of fiber per day. Research shows that when we consume 100% ofour daily fiber needs, our appetite is reduced by 5%, which can equal up to 15–25% less calories consumed daily. This alone is a natural response from our body, no pills or silly diets needed.
What’s important to keep in mind is that foods that are high in fiber are also nutrient dense, such as avocados, berries, oats, lentils, artichokes, kale, spinach, chickpeas and many more. Some of these foods are also low in calories, which if you’re counting calories, is a bonus. The high fiber content from these foods will keep you fuller longer, providing your body more nutrients with fewer calories.
Besides helping you achieve and maintain a healthy weight, fiber has many other health benefits. When consuming ahigh-fiber diet, your body takes longer to break it down, which will help you maintain a more consistent blood sugarlevel. Fiber also helps improve digestive health and function, which can lead to more energy, a better mood and a stronger immunity. See, when your digestive system is working overtime to process low-fiber meals, it becomes sluggish, which in turn makes you sluggish. A balanced digestive system keeps you spry and ready for action.
It’s important to remember that fiber also has an important partner — water. Consuming plenty of water when eating high fiber foods is crucial for its optimal functionality in the body. At vibi+®, we kept that mind, giving you hydration, plus 8 grams of fiber per bottle! We’ve been hard at work, using science to create our “magic” formula. It’s the optimal blend of water and fiber that just so happens to be deliciously refreshing. Combine that with the daily consumption of fruits and vegetables, you’ll be well on your way.
You don’t have to compromise your health and well-being to lose or maintain your weight. Finding what works for youis important for your long-term, overall health. Nourishing and hydrating your body are both key to a smart diet. It does the body no good to deprive it from nutrients just to lose a few pounds in a short period of time. Begin yourhealth journey by adding more fiber to your diet — that’s as easy as it gets.
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