Q. "I want to lose 10 pounds, but I don't want to exercise or change my diet, what can I do?"
A. The answer is fiber.
If you're looking to find a natural, cheap and easy ways avoid many cancers and lose weight at the same time, fiber just may be your ticket.
Fiber is the "secret" to losing weight without feeling hungry. A recent study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture study found that women who took in an average of 24 grams of fiber absorbed 95 less calories every day.
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What does 95 fewer calories everyday mean to you? Well, this works out to nearly 10 pounds of fat loss over the next year.
Fiber is the indigestible part of many veggies, legumes, whole grains and fruits. Beyond the weight loss benefits and making you look extra fit, fiber has been shown to decrease your risk for type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, heart disease, and breast cancer.
The best part is that you don't have to lift a finger (other than having to pick up the fiber and eat it) to reap these benefits. That's the magic of fiber. It fills you up and slows down the rate at which you digest food, which in turn smooths out your blood sugar and helps control your insulin.
As fantastic as fiber is, let me give you a little word of warning—you need to start slow. There's a reason beans are called the musical fruit, and that reason is fiber.
If you go hog-wild with the roughage and don't give your body enough time to adjust, don't be surprised when your friends come up with some new nicknames for you and your Saturday nights suddenly become a lot more open.
However, if you start slow and progress gradually, you will be 10 pounds slimmer next year without dieting or even stepping foot in the gym—and you'll have fiber to thank.
Here are 20 foods rich in fiber that you can incorporate into your diet today:
- Green beans
- Brussels sprouts
- Brown rice
- Flax seeds
- Bok choy
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Rob Gordon is the author of the Perfect Weight Loss Plan and owner of Ripped Body Boot Camp and Busy Mom's Fitness