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Fiber's Weight Loss Results as Effective as Complicated Dieting

By    |   Tuesday, 17 February 2015 07:05 AM

Fiber intake may be the key to weight loss, a new study revealed this week.

According to a report in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a group of medical researchers found that out of 240 obese people involved in a yearlong study, those who simply aimed for 30 grams of fiber a day lost just as much weight as those who followed a more complicated diet recommended by the American Heart Association.

The AHA diet is multifold, recommending participants minimize sugar, eat fish twice a week, eat less than 300 milligrams of cholesterol a day, focus on lean meats, and so on and so forth. This complicated diet is effective for those who can stick with it, but can leave others confused.

"We chose dietary fiber because it exerts clinical benefits on several components of metabolic syndrome, including waist circumference, glucose and lipid homeostasis, and insulin control, in addition to body weight and regulation of certain inflammatory markers," the study's lead author Dr. Yunsheng Ma of the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester wrote to Reuters Health

After a year on the two competing diets, researchers found that those following the AHA diet lost an average of 6 pounds, while those following the fiber diet lost 4.6 pounds. The difference, 1.4 pounds, is statistically negligible, said the researchers.

"No clear between-group differences were found," they wrote in the study.

Overall, the study supports a commonly held belief that permissive diets like the fiber diet can be, for many, more successful than restrictive diets like the AHA. If you're filling up on fiber, the thinking goes, you're not eating junk food.

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