We could fill a book with the reasons why maintaining a healthy body weight is important—from reducing the risk of conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, certain cancers, mental illnesses, and more; to promoting improved energy, self-image, and general wellbeing.
But, as the importance of healthy body weight is widely covered (flip open any health magazine or scroll through any fitness website and you’ll see what we mean), we’d like to focus on one of the key elements to achieving it.
Fiber, or a nutrient found in plant foods, can add to weight loss efficacy when incorporated into a well-balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.
When thinking about fiber, it’s important to note that not all of its forms are created equally. Distinguished by their ability to dissolve in water, fiber can be categorized into two types: insoluble and soluble.
Insoluble fiber, or not-dissolvable fiber, mostly serves as a bulking agent for your stool and doesn’t significantly contribute to weight loss.
Soluble fiber, however, plays an important role in digestion and metabolism, assisting the body in the maintenance of a healthy weight. It does this by feeding the flora comprising your microbiome (the trillions of bacteria living in your gut that are responsible for breaking down your food, among many other amazing functions).Because soluble fiber cannot be processed by the rest of your body like other carbohydrates, it enters your microbiome relatively intact, providing your microflora with the fuel it needs to operate well.
By keeping your microbiome healthy, your body is able to digest food more efficiently, keeping the nutrients and energy it needs, and turning the rest into waste.
Fiber also assists in the maintenance of a healthy body weight by assisting with other metabolic processes. It helps to reduce the amount of cholesterol absorbed by the body, lowers blood sugar, and physically moves waste materials through the intestines and out of the body.
Finally, by adding fiber into their daily routines, like the soluble fiber found in our natura fiber formula, many people experience a reduction in their appetite, feeling fuller, for longer periods of time.
So, whether you’re trying to lose belly fat or are simply seeking to improve the way your body processes the food you eat, adding natura fiber—and its fiber-packed goodness into your diet and healthy lifestyle—can help you achieve and maintain the healthy weight your body deserves.