Trying to lose a few pounds? If you're like most Americans on a diet, you're not eating enough fiber. This is a sad irony, since fiber makes you feel satisfied more quickly, thereby helping in weight control.
What is the daily fiber requirement guideline? According to the American Dietetic Association, you should be getting between 25 and 30 grams each day. However, studies show that typical Americans eat less than half the fiber they need on a daily basis. And, according to an analysis of popular diets conducted by Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, LDN, with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, dieters also fall short of this critical dietary component.
Bonci analyzed popular diets, including Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution, the Perricone Prescription, The Zone, the American Heart Association No-Fad Diet and Jenny Craig, all of which fell quite short of our necessary daily prescription for fiber. The results:
- Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution -- 1 gram fiber per day
- The Perricone Prescription -- 11.7 grams fiber per day
- The Zone -- 17.7 grams fiber per day
- Jenny Craig -- 18 grams fiber per day
- American Heart Association No-Fad Diet -- 19.4 grams fiber per day
"Because fiber does not digest, diets high in fiber help control weight by making you feel full longer after a meal, so you're less likely to snack," says Bonci. "Don't shortchange yourself on fiber, especially if you're trying to lose weight."
Government studies show that the typical American eats less than half of the fiber that he or she needs - only consuming about 12 to 15 grams per day. Soluble dietary fiber supports healthy colon function by keeping food and nutrients moving through your system and by promoting regularity. Fiber also helps maintain your intestinal lining, which in turn helps your body process substances properly before reaching your immune system.
In addition to choosing foods that are rich in fiber, there are now two new convenient and great-tasting options to help Americans bridge the fiber gap: New FiberChoice Weight Management and FiberChoice plus Calcium chewable tablets. With 4 grams of fiber (as inulin) and 200 micrograms of chromium (as chromium picolinate), FiberChoice Weight Management chewable tablets can help promote fat metabolism and weight control as part of a healthy diet and exercise program.
Since it's difficult for the majority of us to get the amount of fiber we need - especially if we're dieting - using these convenient and tasty tablets makes good sense. So whether you're focusing on weight loss, weight management or simply wellness, focusing on fiber intake is a healthy idea.
"As a dietitian, I want people to eat well, enjoy food and also get their nutrient needs met on a daily basis," says Bonci. FiberChoice tablets provide a good start.
For more information about FiberChoice products and the health benefits of fiber, visit www.fiberchoice.com.