How Fiber Triggers Your Fat-Burning Hormones

Fiber isn’t just the sawdust-tasting powder you add to your juice, water or morning cereal to keep you “regular”. If you want to lose weight naturally and fast, fiber is one of your best friends.

Fiber is the indigestible part of plant foods and grains that pushes through our digestive system, having a filling effect and moving things through the intestinal tract.

There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Soluble dissolves in water, while insoluble does not.

No fiber can be digested, but soluble fiber absorbs water and as it goes through the digestive tract it becomes gelatinous and is fermented by bacteria that lives in your gut.

When this “fermented” soluble fiber reaches the large intestine it actually provides food for the good bacteria that live there, which then triggers the release of two hormones, one fat-burning  and the other a hunger-controlling hormone, called GLP-1 and PYY, respectively.

A recent Harvard study showed that 4 servings of whole grains per day significantly increases both of these hormones, and some of the women who took part in the study observed (outside of the study results) that they lost more than 10lbs after just six days of just replacing refined carbs with whole grains!

Here’s just one example of a high fiber grain you can try right now to rev up your fat-burning/hunger-controlling hormones:

FARRO: this is an ancient variety of wheat that has 2x the amount of fiber and protein of modern wheat. Try adding it to your next batch of chili for a nutty kick and some fat burning fiber.

Here is a chili recipe based on one by Jeanette’s Healthy Living blog. Try it if you want lose weight naturally and fast:

Fiery Red Bean Chili

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 carrots, finely chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
5 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 1/2 cups cooked black beans (or one 15-ounce can, rinsed and drained)
1 1/2 cups cooked kidney beans (or one 15-ounce can, rinsed and drained)

1 cup sweet potato, cut into 1/2″ pieces
One 15-ounce can fire roasted chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons regular chili paste (or Jeanette’s version: Harissa)
8 cups vegetable stock
2 cups cooked farro

chopped scallions for garnish

Heat oil in large soup pot. Add onions, carrots and celery; cook until softened, about 5-6 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and coriander. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add black beans, kidney beans, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, harissa, and stock; bring to a boil, then lower heat to medium-low and cook, covered, for 15-20 minutes until the sweet potatoes are tender. Add farro and cook another 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Top with chopped scallions and serve.

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