Fibers: Can They Help With Your Fat Loss Goals?

Popular weight loss and fitness programs today neglect to talk about fibers. They are more concerned with telling you how many calories you should eat to lose weight, when in reality, eating the right macronutrients is way more important than counting calories. Although not as important as the macronutrients, fiber can still play a key role in your success.

Below is a list of 5 benefits about fibers and what they can do for you.

1. Fiber Helps with Absorption

In order to make the most of your fitness goals you should know by now that it is important to stay as anabolic as possible. Fiber allows your body to stay anabolic as it helps to move food throughout your intestines. By eating fiber, it will allow your body to absorb more of the macronutrients which is vital for muscle growth.

Fibers Can Help You Lose Weight

2. Fiber Helps To Prevent Overeating

As many of you may know by now, eating foods with fiber in them such as green beans, broccoli or any other fibrous carbohydrates is a great way to prevent overeating. The reason for this is because you need to eat a huge quantity in order to get any significant amount of calories from them. Furthermore, fiber calories are negative calories. In other words, it takes more calories for the body to digest vegetables (due to their structure) than the amount of calories you get from them. So if you take in 10 calories from your green beans, it may take your body 12 calories to digest them.

In addition, foods that are high in fiber do indeed make you feel fuller. The reason for this is because fiber prompts the release of a hormone known as cholecystokinin. Cholecystokinin is a hormone found in your intestines that when released sends a message to your brain allowing it to feel as if you have been fed. I have used this tactics for my evening meals and it has definitely helped me from overeating or attacking the kitchen for a late night snack.

3. Avoid Fibers In Your Post-Workout Meals

Fiber should be avoided after a workout because of its effects on the body. Fiber will cause you to slowly absorb foods and any nutrients consumed after a workout which is the opposite of what you want. After a post-workout meal your insulin is sensitive and can absorb nutrients at a fast pace. There is no need to slow this process down as this is a crucial part of achieving your fitness goals.

4. Fibers Help Create a Harder Appearance

There has been some scientific research that now indicates that certain fibrous carbohydrates such as vegetables contain a compound know as indoles. Indoles allow you to slightly lower your estrogen levels and increase your natural testosterone production. Although this will not create a drastic change in your physique, it is worth mentioning as anytime you increase your body’s natural testosterone production you are creating an anabolic state which is good for anybody trying to gain muscle.

5. Fiber Helps Store Muscle Glycogen

Complex carbohydrates are needed more often than simple carbohydrates in a weight loss diet. The reason for this is they have a sustained or slow release in the body. This will supply your body with the energy your muscles need to grow. If complex carbohydrates are combined with some fiber, the fiber will allow the carbs to digest even slower.

By doing this, your body will store more muscle glycogen and you will have more energy for your workouts. Remember, do not consume fiber for a post-workout meal.

Get These 2 Gifts FREE
Share the love
Get free updates