Quinn’s Health Quiz
How Can I Lose Weight and Start Feeling Younger Today?

By Quinn Raines, RN

Do you remember how wonderful you felt at only 20 pounds lighter? Well, if you’re looking for a revolutionary way to feel younger, have more energy, and stay slim, there’s a guaranteed solution called… fiber.
Hold on! Before you cringe at the thought of some foreign, gritty substance settling at the bottom of your glass, you should know that today’s fiber options have made some wonderful advances. So, here we go. Let’s see if it’s really possible to lose that weight and feel great by doing NOTHING else but adding a little more fiber to your diet.
Research has proven that reducing the amount of calories we eat is the only way to maintain our ideal body weight. But, we rarely hear about the amazing resource Mother Nature has provided to help us do that. You guessed it. The powerful effects of fiber will allow you to comfortably reduce calories and shed those unwanted pounds.
What is fiber? Fiber is defined as “the indigestible part of fruits, seeds, vegetables, whole grains and other edible plants.” Ideally, we need 35-45 grams of fiber per day. Amazingly, the average American consumes only 10-12!

* Fiber Fact: It helps reduce the risk of heart attack, diabetes and cancer. It also helps maintain healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels, promotes bowel regularity, and boosts the immune system.

Fiber eliminates calories we have already eaten, reduces the absorption of calories, and slows our body’s conversion of carbohydrates to sugar, thus supporting blood glucose stability to support weight loss. This is called a “fiber flush.” Each gram consumed flushes out 7 calories. Fiber is also a natural appetite suppressant. It takes up a large amount of space in the stomach and causes the small intestine to release a hormone called CCK (cholecystokinin). This hormone sends an important message to the brain: “Okay, I’m full now. Time to stop eating!”

* Fiber Fact: American’s spend more than $120 billion a year on medical care for digestive problems. It’s no surprise that we spend almost the same amount on fiberless fast food!

Ok, let’s do the Math! Our minimum goal is 35 grams of fiber per day. The average American consumes 10 grams, so to reach our goal we need an increase of 25 grams. 25 grams x 7 calories = 175 calories per day your body will “flush.” 3500 calories = 1 pound of body fat. Multiply 175 calories by seven days, that number by 52 weeks, and the total weight loss is 63,700 calories, or 18 pounds in one year! Increase the amount to only 45 grams per day and the total is an amazing 43 pounds in one year—just by adding fiber to your diet!
Here are a few simple steps to follow:
1) Count your 35 grams of fiber each day. Take the time! It will save you time in the long run.
2) Look for high fiber food sources online or in most nutritional publications.
3) Make sure your fiber intake is natural, not synthetic. Check the ingredients of fiber supplementation to make sure it contains only fruits and vegetables and no artificial ingredients.

Stay happy and healthy!

Author's Bio: 

Warm Springs Wellness Center:
A Healthy Resource for Middle Tennessee

Warm Springs Wellness Center is owned and operated by Quinn Raines, a Registered Nurse who has dedicated her life to safe, compassionate, clinically effective care. She is also an I-ACT certified Colon Hydro-therapist and Colon Hydro-therapy instructor, the only hydro-therapist to achieve this level of certification in the state of Tennessee.
With more than a decade of experience as an RN and Clinical Supervisor in some of the country’s most prestigious hospitals, Quinn subscribes to a balanced, responsible approach to health and wellness:
“Our main focus at Warm Springs Wellness Center is the comfort, safety, and privacy of our clients.