Don’t Blame Your Lack of Willpower for Your Troubles at the Scale
by Emily Farris, Kansas City Enhance Health & Wellness Magazine, Jan-Feb 2011
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“If only I wouldn’t have had that first French fry…”
“If only I didn’t like pasta so much…”
“If only I could resist the chocolate croissant at the coffee shop every day…”
If any of those statements sound familiar, you’ve probably blamed your willpower, or lack thereof, for excess weight at some point in your life. But Dr. Rick Tague, M.P.H. and founder of the Center for Nutrition and Preventative Medicine in Leawood and Topeka, Kansas, would tell you to stop being so hard on yourself. In fact, he says willpower has very little, if nothing, to do with weight.
By Dr. Rick Tague
Facts About Fiber
Most Americans consume only 10-15 grams of fiber per day. This falls short of the recommended 20-38 grams per day depending on age, health and gender*. Fiber has shown benefit in colon disease, constipation, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, hiatal hernia, irritable bowel syndrome, varicose veins, diabetes mellitus, high cholesterol, and obesity.
Plants such as fruits,vegetables, and beans are quality carbohydrates that are loaded with natural fiber. There are nuts and whole grains that are good sources of fiber as well. Fiber helps you feel full, may help prevent peaks and valleys in your blood sugar levels, and also helps improve blood cholesterol levels. Fiber also slows down the absorption of other nutrients…including carbohydrates, thus lowering peaks in blood sugar levels.