This is a Guest Post Written by Keri Glassman, RD, a nationally recognized nutrition expert, founder and president of Nutritious Life – a nutrition practice based in New York City – and author including her recently released The New You and Improved Diet: 8 Rules to Lose Weight and Change Your Life Forever.
Whether you’re looking to slim down in time for bikini season or want to take off a few extra pounds gained during the winter, one way to meet your goal is to make sure you’re getting enough fiber in your diet. Fiber is an important tool for weight loss in that it keeps you feeling fuller longer, preventing you from snacking on unhealthy foods between meals and from gaining those extra pounds. Keri encourages people to think about fiber fives times a day to help lose weight and get in shape for summer. Here are a few tips from Keri to make sure you’re getting enough!
- Start the day off right! The last thing you want to do is skip breakfast or lunch. Instead, start your day off right with a healthy breakfast to give you energy throughout the day. Try making a protein shake and adding in a teaspoon of Konsyl psyllium fiber. This will help keep you full longer and less likely to indulge in bigger meals or reach for those high calorie snacks.
- Pile on the veggies. Like your mother always said, don’t forget to eat your vegetables! There is a reason why she said this, it’s the fresh fruits and vegetables that are going to add healthy fiber to your plate and help fill you up. You can also sprinkle a little Konsyl mixed with Parmesan cheese on your veggies…more fiber and a great taste!
- Snack smart. Carrying a healthy snack, such as almonds, edamame or an apple will offer up a convenient snack that’s high in fiber. This will keep you full in between meals, as well as make sure you have something in your stomach before you show up to a late dinner or summer happy hour—making it less likely that a drink or two will take a toll on your digestive system.
- Bake it in! Why not amp up your favorite recipes with a little extra fiber? You can easily bake in a powder psyllium fiber supplement, such as Konsyl, into your banana bread recipe or other family favorites. And this will help you be more full on less of the baked goods.
- Whole grain switch up. No doubt many of the recipes you make on a regular basis can be adapted to whole grains, which are higher in fiber than processed wheat—or even better, try ancient grains, like Kamut wheat or quinoa. This will make some of your favorite dishes a bit healthier and fill you up so you won’t be as likely to go up for round two.