I almost titled this blog post, "How Adding Fiber Into My Diet Helped Me Lose 10 Pounds."
Because real talk - it did. I lost ten pounds in 2019 by focusing on basic nutrition (see my NOOM blog post here) along with upping my fiber intake.
I've done an entire post on NOOM (and have another one in the works to go into more detail!), but fiber was the big nutritional category I was missing. Let's break down exactly why fiber is so important to add into your diet and my not-so-secret trick for easily adding yummy fiber into every day dishes.
This article does a great job of explaining the nitty gritty of dietary fiber. "Dietary fiber is a plant-based nutrient that is sometimes called roughage or bulk. It is a type of carbohydrate but, unlike other carbs, it cannot be broken down into digestible sugar molecules. Therefore, fiber passes through the intestinal tract relatively intact."
Eating fiber has an insane amount of health benefits. Regular fiber intake has been shown to reduce cholesterol, promote intestinal regularity (straight up - bowel movements), and has also been shown to be a key in weight management. Fiber helps create both regularity in your digestion and a feeling of fullness.
Okay, here's the actual meat of this post - how I reduced bloat and lost weight by eating a high fiber diet.
Fiber can be found in healthy foods that should already be part of a balanced diet (veggies, primarily), but some studies suggest up to 95% of Americans don't eat the recommended daily amount of fiber. I definitely wasn't.
My hack for increasing my daily fiber intake was adding the F Factor Fiber Powder into my routine. This powder is seriously life changing.
This post is not sponsored. I don't even make any affiliate money if you click any of the links - I'm just obsessed because I've seen results (hello weight loss) and feel the difference (NO bloat) adding this powder into my diet has made.
The F Factor 20/20 Fiber/Protein powder is named as such because it's packed with 20g of fiber and 20g of protein per serving (2 scoops of the powder). F Factor Fiber Powder can be used in smoothies or other general cooking - add it to sauces to thicken them, bake with it, the possibilities are seriously endless. If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen me add my F Factor Fiber Powder into my morning smoothie or bake it into cheddar biscuits.
I've tried all three flavors of the powder (chocolate, vanilla, and unflavored). Fair warning - both the chocolate and vanilla are very sweet because they have stevia in them. I personally love the unflavored powder and add it into my frother when making my morning latte, or even into smoothies (one scoop unflavored, one scoop chocolate or vanilla to cut the sweetness).
I've never been a big believer in meal replacement shakes, but just to keep it real with ya'll - I just don't feel hungry for hours after making my breakfast smoothie. I typically drink my smoothie around 8 am and am usually full until 11:30 - with zero cravings or inklings to snack.
By adding F Factor Fiber Powder into my dishes, I feel full for longer, so I end up snacking less.
Got tips to share about how to add more fiber into your diet? Drop ’em in the comments below.
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