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In a nutshell, there are three main reasons why a diet rich in fiber can help you to regulate your eating habits and lose weight in the process.

Fiber Increases the Feeling of Fullness (Satiety)

Soluble fiber swells in the stomach when it comes into contact with water. This increased food-volume leads to a greater feeling of fullness. Result? We eat less.

Fiber Slows Down Digestion

The presence of fiber slows down the digestion of food in the stomach. This is especially helpful when we eat foods with a high glycemic index. Why? Because high glycemic index foods typically cause a rapid rise in our blood-sugar levels (often leading to a rapid fall in blood-sugar, after the release of insulin from the pancreas) which leads to a renewal of hunger pangs within a short time. In addition, rapid rises and falls in our blood-sugar levels may (it is believed) lead to insulin problems (like insulin resistance) as well as food cravings. Both these problems are associated with obesity and other weight-related health problems.

Fiber is Found in Nutrient Rich Foods

A fiber-rich diet is more likely to be a healthy diet than a diet low in fiber. Why? Because fiber is found mainly in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds - all of which are ideal for healthy weight loss. Therefore, by upping our fiber intake, we automatically increase our chances of reducing our weight and adopting healthier eating habits. Obviously this doesn't apply if you use fiber supplements: one reason why fiber-from-food is better for weight control.

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