Lose Weight Safely with Fiber Instead of Ephedra
Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight understands how hard it can be to shed those unwanted pounds and keep them off. Even though we know it’s all about eating the right foods and exercising more often, we still look for that magic bullet diet pill that will put us on the fast track to weight loss. The problem is that those magic bullet diet pills can often be dangerous to our health.
Recently a lot of dieters were taking ephedra (a substance derived from the Chinese ma huang plant) for weight loss, and many manufacturers went so far as to tell dieters that taking ephedra would help them lose weight even if they didn’t exercise. Not only is that unhealthy advice, but research conducted by the Food and Drug Administration showed little evidence that ephedra helped with weight loss, and they also found that ephedra had some dangerous side effects. In many people, it raised blood pressure and increased the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
Instead of unhealthy weight loss pills, a proven natural alternative is following a high-fiber, low-calorie diet combined with regular exercise and smart lifestyle habits. Decades of clinical research have revealed the extraordinary health benefits of fiber, but did you know that fiber also works in the body to help you lose weight and burn fat?
Foods that are high in fiber add bulk to the diet and help to fill the stomach so you feel full longer after eating. In addition, fiber-rich foods slow the absorption of glucose (blood sugar) from food during digestion, which helps prevent the sharp spikes in blood sugar that can lead to overeating and unhealthy snacking. And because the body uses so much energy to break down high-fiber foods, it has to get energy from somewhere else to perform its other daily functions, such as breathing and exercise. That’s where fiber’s fat burning ability comes in: The body has to burn stored fat in order to get the extra energy it needs. Finally, fiber helps eliminate unused calories by absorbing them in the digestive tract and literally “flushing” them away through regular, healthy bowel movements.
And the best part about following a high-fiber diet is that it’s easy, inexpensive, and good for your overall health! In addition to its weight loss and fat burning benefits, fiber supports healthy heart function, bowel regularity and detoxification. Fiber35 Diet creator Brenda Watson recommends at least 35 grams of fiber each day, but if you find it hard to get enough fiber just through the foods you eat, natural fiber supplements are a smart, healthy and convenient alternative. Our Fiber35 fiber shakes, bars, powdered supplements and chewable wafers are available in our online store to help you boost your fiber intake and lose weight safely and effectively.