Weight Lost!!!

13 pounds down

Monday, February 15, 2010

Day 51: Fiber mmmm


Fiber, what a fun topic.  I just feel it is important for me to talk about since I have no hunger or desire to eat.  I went to reading and found some good information on Psyllium Fiber.  Which is really good for you regardless of your weight loss goals but is so great if you are trying to lose weight!  I totally respect Dr. Oz.  He seems to give great advice and isn't afraid to talk about the yuk topics like...poop, or as my kids say "stinky poos."  My mom always refers to Dr. Oz, and I do too!  So since I have no desire to eat, I know for my health I need to!  I am drinking the Vemma daily to get all my vitamins in, and I know that it is helping to keep me healthier than I would otherwise be with this stinkin' Mono.  I have also been taking the Houston Enzyme TriEnza prior to eating anything.  Which helps me with digestion.  I have to say that I have had hardly any gas, my weight loss is still happening, even with being too sick to exercise.  So I am grateful for both the Vemma and the TriEnza.  I highly recommend them.  Now, on to fiber.  I started reading about this because I was not eating enough fiber once I became sick, and then it was affecting my digestion and thereafter. I do have a little bit of IBS so I know how important fiber is to me.  I found some great info on Psyllium Fiber.  I am taking the Psyllium Fiber packets and just adding them to water, it truly fills me up, and has helped with my BMs if you care to know!  You can read what I read by clicking here.  The information below was found on the website www.thefreelibrary.com.  I would love to share the good stuff I found, so here it is: (this info was copied from the website per their copyright info)

Psyllium fiber is not broken down as it passes through the system and has no other nutritional value besides being a source of fiber. By adding water to psyllium fiber, it swells to ten times its original size, so it finds its way into weight loss products. The combination of a low fat diet, low in saturated fats and cholesterol plus the addition of psyllium can reduce cholesterol due to reduced absorption by the intestines. It has also been found that psyllium fiber incorporated into food products is effective at lowering levels of blood glucose.

The benefits of taking psyllium fiber to promote weight loss, would come through its ability to enable digestion without much absorption, much like a cleanse agent, and its ability to swell up with water. Besides making you feel fuller, a healthy digestive system eliminates excess fat and toxins. Because 1 tablespoon equals a bowl of bran cereal, by adding 1-3 tablespoons to your daily diet, it satisfies appetite cravings, which cause you to feel full for longer. It is best to start off by taking 1 tablespoon a day for the first week and gradually add up to the 3-tablespoon per day dosage.

Another benefit of taking psyllium fiber to promote weight loss is that it comes in an odorless and tasteless powder form, so it can be added to foods to increase the fiber and feeling of satiety. It also comes in pill form, which can be taken about 30 minutes before a meal, but powder form can just be sprinkled on food, or added to a smoothie or protein shake to make it thicker. Many dieters add a little to anything they have, so they get psyllium fiber in smaller, regular doses, instead of all at once.

It has been recommended by Dr. Mehmet Oz, who is often on Oprah, and psyllium is readily available at most health food stores, or around the dietary supplement aisle in stores.

Possible side effects could be gas since it is a natural laxative. So monitor your dosage carefully for the first few days as your system gets used to it.

By adding psyllium fiber to your diet, not only will you feel more satisfied and eat less if you are dieting, it acts as a natural colon cleanse, and is good for heart disease, diabetes, high triglycerides, and irritable bowel syndrome. The benefits of taking psyllium fiber to promote weight loss, may have other benefits, as well.

Great article huh?  Makes you want to go out and get some Metamucil!  I did.  I am not hungry anyway, but at least I know what I am eating, isn't sticking around longer than it needs too.  I have an elevated blood glucose due to my PCOS, so this is great info for me to have read regarding that!  I thought you'd enjoy it too!

I was pretty excited about the way my weight chart looked, so I thought I'd share it with you!
Weight: 199

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