Recent research sheds light on the role of fiber and starchy foods in our diet and their impact on weight gain. Here’s a breakdown of the study and what it means for us.
Amanda Sauceda (MS, RD) emphasized the underappreciated role of fiber in diets. She described it as “so powerful” even if it isn’t a trendy nutrition topic. Kimberly Gomer (MS, RD/LDN) stressed the importance of viewing weight management in a realistic manner. Rather than focusing solely on weight loss, it’s about minimizing the weight gain typical of many Americans.
The study involved a demographic often challenged by specific barriers like metabolic changes, onset of age-related conditions, and a busy lifestyle due to work and family. Importantly, participants were free from major medical conditions. Hence, the results may not directly apply to those with such health challenges.
However, Gomer pointed out that healthcare professionals, a significant portion of the study’s participants, often have demanding work schedules, leading to poor eating habits. This observation might make the findings even more pertinent to a wider audience.
Tips to Boost Fiber Intake:
A simple shift in diet can lead to increased fiber consumption:
The Bottom Line:
By midlife, opting for high-fiber foods over starchy meals can play a significant role in preventing weight gain.