More than one-third, or 78.6 million adults in the United States are obese. (1) Unfortunately, the large number of Americans who desire to lose weight does equal those who are making any changes to achieve it. A Gallup poll reported that 51 percent of adults want to lose weight and only 25 percent are seriously making efforts to work toward this goals.(2)
Fifty-one percent of Americans desire to lose weight, but only 25 percent are making serious efforts toward this goal!
This discrepancy between weight-loss desire and behaviors has existed for years. Since 2002, this gap has slightly improved, but U.S. homes have a lot of work to do to improve nutrition and make progress toward weight-loss goals.(2)
High-fat, high calorie processed foods are the primary cause behind obesity and obesity-related diseases!
Eating too much high-fat, high calorie processed food is considered to be the primary cause behind obesity and disease related to obesity. A new study reports that a diet without soluble fiber increases inflammation in the intestine and leads to poor gut health that leads to weight gain. By incorporating soluble fiber back into your diet, you can restore gut health and lose weight.(3)
The gut microbiota is considered to be a community of bacteria and microorganisms that reside in the intestines. The microbiota also exists in and on the skin and mouth, and plays an important role in helping the body to digest food, produce vitamins, and fight foreign microorganisms. Changes in the gut lead to gastrointestinal disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and metabolic diseases.(3)
Increasing soluble fiber intake results in restored gut microbiota, decreased inflammation and weight-loss!
The study from Georgia State University found that a diet lacking soluble fiber results in weight gain and increased body fat. Researchers found by introducing soluble fiber into the diet, they were able to restore the gut structure. They found that soluble fiber produced positive changes in the gut microbiota creating anti-inflammatory properties.(3)
If you find that you consume high amounts of processed foods such as ready-to-go foods or fast foods, then it may be time to bypass these foods and exchange them for foods that are high in soluble fiber. Increasing the amount of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will give your body what it needs to heal, reduce inflammation and lose weight!