Eating high-fiber foods could be the secret to weight loss, according to researchers. A recent study, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, showed that dieting could be much easier than previously believed.
University of Massachusetts Medical School researchers wanted to look into fiber and how it affects the body and weight loss. Previous studies have indicated that fiber can lead to people feeling less hungry, which could mean eating less. That instantly suggests that it will help with losing weight and even keeping it off.
This is certainly good news for those trying to lose weight. Just recently, The Independent reported that researchers had found that diet and exercise do not help weight loss. Obesity is a biological problem, and it is time that it is treated as a disease. While changes to the diet and doing more exercise can help, people put the weight back on afterwards.
It was a blow to those who cannot afford weight reduction techniques suggested, like a gastric band being fitted. Many started to wonder whether they would be obese or overweight for the rest of their lives.
New researchers found that diet changes can help with weight loss. According to the Huffington Post, researchers found that eating healthier is the most important first step that people can take if they want to successfully lose weight.
For the study, 240 volunteers were asked to follow one of two diets. One half was to follow the diet set by the American Heart Association (AHA), while the other half ate more fiber. All volunteers had a high risk of developing diabetes before the start of the trial. The half following the fiber diet was asked to eat 30g or more per day, and did not need to change other habits.
The volunteers were asked to follow their diets for a year, and both groups found they lost about the same amount of weight overall. It suggests that restrictive diets, like the one set by AHA, are not necessarily beneficial. A change to the amount of fiber eaten could be enough to help gain slimmer waistlines.
“By changing one thing, people in the fiber group were able to improve their diet and lose weight and improve their overall markers for metabolic syndrome.”
–Dr. Yunsheng Ma, study author.
Reducing foods is too hard, but increasing the amount of fiber a person eats is much easier. Weight loss difficulties could become a thing of the past by people following a higher-fiber diet.