The use of proteins as an aid to weight loss is widely known by Dukan diet diets like the Atkins diet, Zone diet, the Montignac diet and so many others about which we have discussed in the section Analysis of Diets famous.
Hoodia Gordonii is an herb from Africa and sold as a hunger suppressant. Many scientific investigations suggest that Hoodia Gordonii works by copying the effect glucose has on nerve cells in the brain, providing a feeling of fullness and thereby reducing hunger.
Today we focus on the use of fiber as a hunger suppressant and thus a weight loss supplement.
Soluble fiber helps you lose weight in two ways:
First, they absorb water in the intestine and thus manage to increase satiety and fullness, resulting in a decrease in food intake and energy.
Secondly, thanks to the short chain fatty acids produced from the fermentation of soluble fiber in the intestine, is also produced the effect of satiety.
There are studies (Anderson et al, 2009., Kromhout, Bloemberg, Seidell, Nissinen, and Menotti, 2001; Slavin, 2005) showing that a high fiber diet weight loss occurs especially in the lower body (thighs, hips, buttocks) with a decrease in the accumulated fat in these areas.
On what is not scientists agree is the ideal amount of soluble fiber to be consumed to achieve significant weight loss. In the study by Anderson in 2009 it was found that taking 3 tablets of fiber a day (20 grams each) produced a loss of weight from 1.3 kg to 2.5 kg over a period of 2 weeks.
The fiber used was the glucomannan, a highly viscous soluble fiber extracted from an Asian plant called Konjac.
More recently, it has been found that the effects of the combination of glucomannan with other soluble polysaccharides produced a greater weight loss: 5.8 kg of weight loss and a decrease of 2.4% body fat for a period of 14 – weeks (Lyon and Reichert, 2010).
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