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Obesity Management With Fibers

Submitted by Loring A. Windblad on June 2, 2010

Obesity Management

Obesity is a condition where the body weight spirals out of control and the fat content in the body increases in proportion to the body weight. Obesity management deals with controlling and preventing such an unhealthy situation. Fat is necessary for the human body, but it when the content of fat in one’s diet increases beyond a point, fat begins to be stored in excess. This is extremely unhealthy as it limits physical activity, causes tiredness and lack of stamina. People suffering from obesity tend to be in the high risk category when it comes to certain diseases or conditions such as heart conditions, stroke, diabetes type 2, and cancer related problems.

Obese people can also suffer from liver and pancreas problems.

Health Benefits of Fiber: Dietary fiber is an essential component of a healthy meal. Dietary fiber provides roughage which is what allows food to pass smoothly through the digestive system.

This improves the overall efficiency of the digestive system. Fiber is also useful because it is high volume and low weight. Fibrous foods tend to have less substance in them and are thus good for eating if one wants to lower one’s food intake.

The reason for this is linked to chewing. Chewing stimulates the secretion of digestive juices in the stomach. The commencement of the digestive process signals to the brain that the body is being fed well.

Thus your brain will register that the hunger you were feeling has been satisfied and you will no longer feel hungry. This is a vital way to trick your body into believing that it has consumed more food than it actually has. It is essential to have the same quantity of food as you were having before shifting to a fiber based diet. The volume of food in terms of the size of the serving should remain identical. In this way, both visually and through chewing, you will convince your brain that you are eating more than you actually are and this will get rid of your hunger.

Sources of Fiber: Good sources of fiber in food include whole grains, fruits with their peels intact like apples, and leafy vegetables. Because fiber helps food move through the digestive system quickly and smoothly, the absorption of sugars and starch from the food you are eating gets reduced. This excess sugar and starch is passed through the bowels. Bowel regularity also improves with a high fiber diet. This also lowers the level of cholesterol in the blood which has its own health benefit.

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