The Fiber Road to Weight Loss
Scientists at the University of Massachusetts attracted 240 people to a new diet study. Half of the volunteers adopted a diet recommended by the American Heart Association. It is a safe and effective diet, but it requires a textbook to understand and a lot of will power to follow. Reducing calorie intake by 500-1,000 calories a day is not easy, regardless of how motivated the dieter may be.
The other half of the volunteers were not asked to reduce their caloric intake at all. Instead, they were instructed to continue their current eating AND eat more fiber. High fiber foods include most veggies (especially if uncooked), most fruits, whole grains and beans. Again, volunteers in this group were allowed (encouraged) to eat whatever they wanted, as long as they added daily fiber to the mix.
These results were encouraging, especially for people who don't like complicated diets or denying themselves dessert. Although the heart diet did produce a bit more weight loss, most people preferred the flexibility and full stomachs of the high fiber alternative.
So, what makes sense for you? Maximum weight loss at maximum effort? Or moderate weight loss for almost no effort at all?
Let us know what you decide!