The Importance of Fiber in a Healthy Diet

18
Jun

The Importance of Fiber in a Healthy Diet

As a fitness facility, HIT Fit does not only want to provide our members with knowledge in exercise, but knowledge in nutrition as well. Since we’ve already discussed the importance of protein in a diet, now we want to talk about what makes fiber important. If you haven’t read our article on protein yet, you can by clicking the link below!

What is Fiber?

So, before we start talking about why it’s important, we should understand what fiber is. What many people know that it’s “healthy,” but don’t understand what it is or why we should eat it. Fiber is essentially just the roughage or bulk part of plant foods. Unlike protein, carbohydrates, or fats, which are digested in the body, fiber cannot be digested and instead passes right through your body without being broken down. There are two types of fiber: Soluble and Insoluble. The difference is that soluble fiber dissolves in water while insoluble does not. Check out the article link above to learn more about the difference in fiber. You may be asking, “Why is this important for me to know to reach my goals?” Well here’s some reasons why:

  1. Fiber Slows Digestion

Just like protein, fiber helps in slowing the digestion process that occurs in the stomach. Since the food you are eating is processed very slow, this can help keep you full longer. The number one reason diets fail is because the diet causes the individual to be hungry. IF YOU’RE NOT HUNGRY YOU ARE MOST LIKELY NOT EATING! A fuller tummy for longer means less chance of overeating and losing body fat! However, just make sure to save your super high fiber meals for after your workout. You don’t want to be jumping around and lifting weights with a full tummy and it may cause discomfort or nausea! 

  1. Fiber Increases Your Metabolism

Second, fiber is going to help you speed up your metabolism! How? Well, it works the same way protein does. As a result of being difficult to break down, fiber causes your body to work harder to break down the food. Think of your stomach as a treadmill. If you eat candy with no fiber, the treadmill does not have to do much because the food is digested so quickly. However, if you eat an apple, the fiber in the apple will cause the treadmill to ramp up in order to break it down, which in turn boosts your metabolism. Although it isn’t a substantial amount of calories being burned, every little bit counts when trying to lose body fat! 

  1. More Fiber = Better Food Choices

Just by consciously trying to eat more fiber, your diet will consist of healthier, lower calorie dense foods. You are more likely to eat less calories and feel more satisfied when eating a high fiber diet. Fiber can be found in mostly fruits, vegetables and some whole grains like oatmeal. These foods when compared to junk food, contain less calories for more volume. You get to eat MORE FOOD AND LOSE WEIGHT! Sounds like a win-win to me! 

If you’re interested in learning more about Fiber, check out this great article at SELF Magazine.

There is much more to diet than just eating more fiber. Dieting is a mental battle as well and can be difficult at many points during the journey. Our goal here at HIT Fit is to take the guesswork out! Our certified nutrition coaching is the key to finding a sustainable long term diet that works with your lifestyle, schedule, and preferences. We’ve seen clients who follow our nutrition coaching in addition to our programming so more results in a quicker amount of time! 

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If you feel like you’ve tried everything and nothing seems to be working, let HIT Fit help you find the solution. To learn more about our nutrition coaching, click the “WHAT WE OFFER” tab at the top of the page or message us on Facebook. Your first session is FREE and we’ll help you figure out which program is right for you!