Fiber: The Least Sexy Weight-Loss Tool

This piece is about fiber, but you should read it anyway, especially if you’re looking for a healthy way to drop a few pounds. (Don’t worry, we’ll use metaphors for the icky parts.)

Just last month, data crunchers at Under Armour’s MyFitnessPal app examined data from 427,000 weight-losing users who had come within 5 percent of their goals. Their food logs looked nearly identical to other users’ in calories, protein, fat and carbohydrates, and they exercised just five minutes more per day than their counterparts. But the newly slimmer folks ate 29 percent more fiber.

A study published last year in the Annals of Internal Medicine found similar results: People who simply ate more fiber lost almost as much weight as others who made complicated changes to their diets.

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