Chia seeds are everywhere on social media—smoothies, salads, puddings, the list goes on. And it’s no secret why they’re so popular: These seeds are packed with nutritious benefits and are scientifically proven to improve your health in a variety of ways. One of their biggest claims to fame is weight loss. And that’s why many people are wondering if these little black seeds live up to the hype. So, do chia seeds really help you lose weight? Here’s the truth.
Can chia seeds help you lose weight? Chia seeds contain fiber and protein, and both keep you feeling satiated and full. And while fiber and protein can both support your weight loss efforts, they aren’t a cure-all.
“The insoluble fiber in chia helps to bulk up stool while the soluble fiber forms a viscous gel that absorbs and retains water while slowing gut transit time,” says Christine Randazzo Kirschner, registered dietitian and co-founder of Amenta Nutrition. “Protein is digested more slowly and studies have shown that meals high in protein are associated with less intake afterward. This slower movement means that you’ll feel satisfied and fuller for a longer amount of time which may allow you to reduce your overall caloric intake leading to weight loss.”
Excerpted from Parade