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10 High Fiber Foods That Will Help You Lose Weight 10x Faster, According to Nutritionist

Lose weight by amping up your fiber intake with these healthy foods. 
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Eating more – not less – can help you lose weight. However, it involves knowing exactly what to eat. Health experts unanimously agree that the best weight loss diets involve eating a sufficient enough of protein and fiber. "Fiber is indigestible plant matter. Your body tries to digest it and it can't," explains The Diet Diva, Tara Collingwood, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD/N, ACSM-CPT, a Board Certified Sports Dietitian. "While it is trying to digest the fiber, the digestive tract is working and it makes you feel full and satisfied for longer," she continues. "It also contributes to larger stools, which help prevent constipation and can also add form to stool if loose stool is a problem." But not all fibrous foods are created equal. Here are 10 that she recommends if you are trying to lose weight. 

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Legumes

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Legumes, including beans and lentils are high in soluble fiber, explains Collingwood. "Beans are quite filling and they are really versatile in recipes," she says. She suggests adding them to soups and salads, using them to make curries, or serving as a side dish.

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High Fiber Cereal

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An easy way to amp up your fiber intake is via high fiber cereal, including All Bran, Bran flakes, Fiber One,  and Kashi, which "can be a mix of soluble and insoluble fiber," she says. "A little bit can go a long way with some cereals, which offer up to 12-14 grams of fiber per serving." If you don't want to eat in a bowl with milk, you can add cereal to smoothies or yogurt, or use in salad for an extra crunch. 

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Berries

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Berries – including strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries – are fibrous fruits. "Berries have edible seeds that provide fiber," she explains. Eat berries on their own, or add to your yogurt, smoothie, salad, or even eat them as a dessert.

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Whole Grains

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Whole grains – like whole grain bread, oatmeal, or brown rice – are also great sources of fiber. "You can get the benefits of whole grains (extra nutrients) as well as more fiber," she said. You can make sandwiches for lunch, toast for breakfast, or have a bowl of oatmeal.

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Fruit with Skin

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Eating your fruit – like apples and pears – with skin offers some extra benefits. "Anytime you eat the skin on a fruit, you are getting a nice dose of fiber," Collingwood says. If you don't feel like snacking on a piece of fruit, consider adding to your salad or chopping up an apple and dipping it in peanut butter or Greek yogurt for a sweet treat or snack. 

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Cruciferous Veggies

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Cruciferous veggies, including kale, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage, are also great sources of fiber and packed with other nutrients as well, says Collingwood. She recommends eating them sauteed, roasted, raw in salads, or juiced.

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Potato or Sweet Potato with Skin

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Don't even think about peeling your potato or sweet potato, says Collingwood. "Potatoes are high in antioxidants but when you eat the skin you also get the added benefits of the fiber," she explains. How should you eat them? Baked, mashed, cut in cubes or strips and air fried, she recommends. 

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Nuts and Seeds

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Nuts and seeds (flax, hemp, chia seeds, almonds, pistachios, etc) boast lots of nutrition. "Nuts and seeds are famous for their monounsaturated and omega-3 fats, but they also provide fiber," Collingwood explains. Eat them roasted as a snack, added to cereal, quick breads, salads, smoothies, etc.

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Bean Based Pastas

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Bean based pastas (chickpea, edamame, black bean) offer a lot of fiber, says Collingwood. "White pasta doesn't traditionally have much fiber, but when you choose a pasta that is made with beans, the fiber content skyrockets," she says. 

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Avocado

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Avocados are surprisingly fibrous. "We think of avocado as a source of fat, but they are surprisingly high in fiber," says Collingwood. Slice in half for a snack, add to salads, avocado toast, or in a smoothie.

💪🔥Body Booster: Try not to peel your potatoes! The skin of both sweet and white potatoes is a great source of fiber. 

Leah Groth
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