I have been dieting for a while now (both gaining and losing weight). And through this dieting, it seems the hardest thing to fill in my macros is… FIBER!! That’s right, fiber has to be the hardest to fill. It would seem that it would be easy to fill right? After all, fiber is just a carb.
I guess the real question is how many grams of fiber do you need? For men, it is typically about 35grams a day and for women, it is around 25grams. First I will talk about why it is important to get that fiber in. Then, I will discuss ways of filing it through the day.
There are a number of benefits to meeting your fiber goals. Let’s not shy away about the most obvious thing it helps you do… poop. Or, it makes it easier to anyway. Foods tend to collect in our colon along with some bile. Think about that if your diet isn’t the greatest or you had some bad food that day, it might just be sitting there causing you some harm. But don’t you worry, fiber is here to help you flush all that out.
Although fiber does help your digestion and keep you regular, it can also help in a lot of other areas in your body as well. This in includes your heart. Fiber helps you lower your chances of getting heart disease.
Fiber can also help you lose weight. You might be asking how. Well, it keeps you full longer so you don’t eat as much or feel the need to. Here are a few great fiber-filled foods to get you on your way to weight loss.
-Beans, Raspberries, Pears, Broccoli, Oatmeal, Nuts, Popcorn (my fave), flax seeds, and Flatout Wraps (at Walmart)
Please feel free to share your favorite carb foods or tips on how you get your carbs filled for the day in the comments below!