22 March 2013

Obsessed with Fiber Supplements for Weight Control

I have a bad practice. Kind of bad.

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Whenever I feel like I'm overeating, I'll always turn to fiber supplement as an escape. Fiber supplement has grown in popularity as a magical weight loss supplement. I actually don't see it like that. I don't give a buck to a testimony of weight loss success after taking fiber supplement. Fiber supplement is just another option to helps ease constipation. But I have this crazy idea about fiber supplement. When I feel like I've been bingeing a lot, I take fiber supplement to "undo" the food I ate. In other words, to force it out of my body. Crazy.

What is Fiber?
Fiber is the part of plant-based foods that our bodies can't digest. It helps us digest and pass the foods we eat. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and nuts are great natural sources of fiber.

Does fiber help to lose weight? 
It doesn't cancel out calories, but eating high-fiber foods require more chewing, which helps to satisfy hunger, keep you feeling full and therefore keep you more in control of your appetite and weight.

Taking fiber drink to lose weight can cause laxative dependence
Fiber drink from our local brand: Long term of use can cause laxative dependence

Why do people take fiber supplements?  
The recommendation intake of fiber is between 25 to 38 grams each day. But most people's diet are fall short on fiber, so they consider taking fiber supplement. I saw a lot of this kind of advertisement on my Facebook timeline lately. Fiber drink from every brand that claims to help this person 'A' to lose this much of weight and blah blah blah. But fiber supplement is actually does not contain any magic ingredient to make people lose weight fast. It's just the basic concept of fiber which is to add bulk and water to your stool, make it more normal, softer and helps you pass it easily.

Pro and Cons of Fiber Supplement
Pro - normalizing bowel function and preventing constipation. Regular bowel movement can aid to weight loss, too.

Cons - when taken in excess can cause abdominal cramping, bloating, gas, and diarrhea. Similar to  weight loss tea, a repeated use can cause the bowels to stop functioning normal and people may become laxative dependence. It is a situation where your body can become dependent on this stimulant. When they are not used, your intestines cannot move properly on their own thus resulting in constipation.

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I realize my abuse of laxatives to try to control weight. So, I have this one last sachet. But I'm not going to take it today. Not tomorrow. My challenge for Non Scale Victory next week is to free from fiber supplement. Instead I will try to get enough fiber through real food.

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I'm linking up to Non Scale Victory with KTJ and Lex, and this is my NSV this week: I am doing one serious workout today. (Only one? It's better than nothing, huh). I'm moving everyday, but this Jillian Michaels mini workout is the one I'm seriously working out with this week. I experienced thigh pains from doing squats, and I cannot complete it to 3 set. But I take one small step at a time. I'm looking forward to make this a routine. I still continue walking with Leslie Sansone and I find ways to add the fun today. Walking with dumbbell.

What is your Non-Scale Victory this week? Let's celebrate!


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8 comments:

  1. I used to do the same thing! I drink prune juice though, and yeah you are right it makes you dependent. So i cut it off and try to really eat more veggie and fruits.

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  2. Good info about fiber, I guess all of us that want to lose wt do the laxative thing at one time or another. We know that it is not good in the long term. Gotta check out the non-scale victory.
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  3. Great info about fiber and laxative dependancy. I'm trying to stick to a healthy diet without resorting to fads or unhealthy habits myself too. Thanks for linking up to our party and sharing your weight loss story. You are welcome to come join us on our fb support group as well if you are interested! Have a great weekend!

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  4. I take Fiber gummies...one in the morning and one at night. It's only 4 grams. The bottle says "weightloss supplement" but I have never thought it would aid in that capacity. I think that my salad a day rule works far better. Good luck this week!
    Laurie
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  5. I learned something really important too. You can't use exercise to cancel out the food that you ate.

    That being said, I ate really badly this weekend!

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  6. Thanks all for sharing your thought on this :)

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  7. Thanks for sharing this valuable information through this platform!.Awesome suggestions, no doubt its among best weight problem remedies. though i visited many different sites for this purpose frequently but found Garcinia Cambogia which is different and really effective.Green tea, yoga more carbohydrates,fresh salad, fruits and working at home really did work.. thanks for sharing!

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  8. I really like the information you have provided. I really like to take fiber supplements in my daily routine. Not only it helps to reduce weight but its healthy too. Other supplements I take from http://stopdietingandloseweight.com/ are great too :)

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