Fiberizing Your Diet Is The Best Way To Improve Weight Loss
If you're feeling bloated and sluggish, and you're craving all the wrong things, increasing your fiber is the best place to start. But when it comes to improving immunity, boosting weight loss and fat-burning, not all fiber is created equal. Here's the scoop.
Slow weight loss and feeling bloated and fatigued are a telltale sign that your metabolic health needs a boost. It all starts with sluggish digestion that negatively affects your immune system, and of course, it can make you feel bloated and slow weight loss.
Regardless of what your health goals are, or which type of digestive disorder you're dealing with, the right kind of fiber can change everything. Gaining weight and feeling bloated can be debilitating physically and mentally, and leave us feeling scared and hopeless. There is one thing we all can do to improve every aspect of our health, especially if you have health issues such as high blood sugar, diabetes, diverticulitis, irritable bowel syndrome, candida, bacterial overgrowth, constipation, colitis, acid reflux, dark circles under your eyes, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, depression, chronic fatigue, any and all "itis” (including arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis), sinus allergies, colds, and viruses.
All of these health issues can be hard control or correct, but prebiotic fiber can and will help!
While most of us know how important it is to eat enough fiber-filled foods every day, especially when it comes to weight management, most people don't realize how vital it is in controlling other functions like improving and protecting our immune system. But here's the catch... not all fibers are created equal.
The best fiber to improve gut and metabolic health is called inulin, which is a prebiotic fiber. Prebiotic fiber is what makes LynFit products unique and more effective when it comes to your weight loss, fat-burning, and improving your health. Inulin is a type of prebiotic fiber that cannot be broken down or absorbed once it enters your digestive tract. It's this unique benefit that makes it the best fiber, not only because it provides so many health benefits, but also because it won't backfire the way others fibers often do.
Because inulin fiber is not digested by the enzymes in our body, it’s fermentable, and it's also lower in calories, sugar, and other carbohydrates, so it doesn’t spike insulin levels the way other fibers can. It feeds the good bacteria (also known as probiotics) in our gut as it travels through our digestive system. It also clears our body of damaging particles (toxins) that can make us feel bloated, gain weight, age us faster, make us feel tired, and cause cravings.
Insulin keeps us feeling full longer, which why every time you drink a LynFit Complete Protein Shake, eat a Lean Bar, enjoy a Skinny Hot Chocolate made with our inulin loaded Sinful Chocolate Sauce, or take Raspberry Ketone Cleanse & Restore, you feel full for up to six hours, making it easier to eat clean and stick to your health and weight loss plan. You feel less bloated, and your stomach flattens, so your clothes fit again.
What is inulin, and why does LynFit use it in Complete Protein Shakes, Lean Bars, and Sinful Chocolate Sauce?
Inulin is a soluble plant fiber that we use instead because of its weight loss benefits. More importantly, it's the best fiber when it comes to fat-burning, controlling hunger and cravings, and gut health (in addition to all the health benefits we mentioned above).
Our gut pre-determines our health. You take steps to improve your gut health by ingesting inulin prebiotic fiber by making sure you're drinking your Complete Protein Shake every day, eating a Lean Bar, or enjoying a Skinny Hot Chocolate. It's also why we strongly suggest that you not add any nut kinds of milk or fruit to your shakes. Not only does omitting them improve weight loss, but they feed the bad bacteria that we are trying to rebalance.
Gut microbiome is the control center for our entire body. It's the reason we have an immune system, as it provides it with the type of fuel it needs (minus any it doesn't) and orchestrates its proper function. If you want to lose weight and have a healthy, functioning immune system that's fully functional, you’ve gotta get enough inulin fiber, and following the Metabolic Weight Loss Plan makes that easy. I’m sure you’ve heard me say this a million times... the LynFit Metabolic Weight Loss Plan IS NOT ANOTHER DIET. It's a LIFESTYLE that's good for all of us.
When we improve gut microbiome, every aspect of health improves. Even aches and pains will begin to subside, and you'll have a new mood if you know what I mean.
What happens if you just use Metamucil or the fiber you brought from the store?
Bottom line is that without your gut health, nothing else will remain healthy in your body. While the store-bought fibers beat no fiber (maybe), they can also make things worse because they do not provide the type of food that the good bacteria like, and they spike insulin levels, which wreak havoc on weight loss, block fat-burning, and can harm health. Most do the opposite of what we expect fiber to do and cause constipation, which allows toxins to build up, making us feel bloated and causing what I refer to as “big belly syndrome" where the stomach looks distended, and your pants don’t fit, despite the fact that you're healthy.
Inulin versus Psyllium
Sure, both are soluble fibers, which is one of the three types of dietary fibers (the others are insoluble fiber and resistant starch). Psyllium husk has benefits, but they come with a few side effects you might not welcome such as:
- Absorbs more water and expands, so your stomach feels bloated
- Makes you gain weight for no reason (practically overnight), despite you eating less as well as healthier
- Can have a laxative effect when you don't want it to
- Causes foul-smelling gas
- It's not fermentable (inulin is)
Inulin, the kind found in our Complete Protein Shakes, Lean Bars, Sinful Chocolate Sauce, and Raspberry Ketone Cleanse & Restore, doesn’t have this excess water-holding capacity and laxative effect (unless your bowels are extremely full and in dire need of cleansing). Either way, it won’t be as strong, and you have more control, which is critical, especially if you're at work. It also doesn’t cause gas the way psyllium can.
Due to its composition, inulin helps you poop without all the unwanted side effects. How? When inulin is mixed with a liquid (like water), it forms a creamy gel that's ideal when it comes to gently and safely relieve constipation. Every time you make your Complete Protein Shake with water or have your Lean Bar with a cup of tea, you're activating these precious prebiotic fibers, allowing them to do their job.
Water is the ideal liquid because it's calorie-free and won't cause weight gain. When inulin becomes gelled, it has a similar structure similar to that of lipids (fats) that can also help lubricate the digestive system and lessen the risk for things like becoming constipated, developing hemorrhoids, becoming very bloated, and gaining weight.
Research shows that inulin also improves our bowel habits by regulating them due to their positive influence that affects our entire system, especially our gastrointestinal functions. Inulin does what psyllium cannot do well, which is to provide the right kind of fuel for our bodies, helping it to rapidly produce healthy bacteria.
What else does consuming inulin improve, and why is it better for diabetics, weight loss, and reducing aches and pains?
Since inulin is a non-digestible prebiotic and passes through the large intestines unabsorbed, it doesn’t spike blood sugar levels. Also, it's during this process that it can naturally ferment, which is how it feeds the healthy intestinal microflora that live and populate in a healthy gut.
Because it stimulates the healthy bacteria, allowing them to grow and flourish, this soluble fiber can also help decrease the number of harmful gut invaders such as yeast, parasites, and bacterial species that have been known to trigger inflammation. Countless studies are in agreement that inulin can help naturally and safely cleanse and detoxify, which is how and why it's beneficial when it comes to helping to lose weight, reduce blood sugar and reduce inflammation.
Inulin is lower in calories than any other fiber, and its calories are non-absorbable. By fueling good bacteria, it triggers your brain into thinking it's full, making you feel less hungry, which also makes it easy to avoid temping foods you otherwise couldn’t resist.
We all need to increase our fiber intake for health, but the benefit of feeling fuller and more satisfied helps make losing weight faster and easier. It also helps us keep it off, which is why the healthy habits of drinking at least one Complete Protein Shake and/or eating a Lean Bar, or drinking a Skinnier Hot Chocolate every day is a must-do!
What does inulin fiber have to do with the Lose 1 Pound Per Day Metabolic Weight Loss Plan?
In one word... EVERYTHING!
The LynFit Metabolic Weight Loss Plan does much more than make losing weight faster and easier. It also guarantees it as long as you follow the plan as directed without trying to substitute the use of other shakes, bars, or products. Soon you'll know why that's so critical. It works naturally with your body to address the underlying issues that prevent weight loss to begin with, starting with metabolic risk factors, which include heart health.
It provides the tools you need to naturally address these issues, making it easier to adhere to the changes needed to improve weight loss and health. Most of us know what we need to do, but we fail to do them because they aren't easy, or they taste bad. LynFit expertly stacks the tools (aka nutritional supplements) that are safe and basically build the fiber right into your life, so the cleansing and detoxifying necessary to achieve our health goals is built right into the Plan.
It does this because as it safely passes through the digestive system and is unabsorbed by our digestive enzymes. This prebiotic fiber from inulin also takes the waste, toxins, fat, and cholesterol particles along with it. That's what makes fiber so important and is directly connected to every aspect of our health, including heart health.
Increasing our soluble fiber intake with prebiotic inulin fiber helps lower blood cholesterol levels, reducing the risk for arteriosclerosis (the thickening and hardening of the artery walls). It also helps keep blood sugar levels that begin to increase as we age balanced and regulated.
Fiber is also becoming well-known for its blood pressure-lowering properties, in addition to its reputation for lowering cholesterol (the bad kind) and triglyceride levels right from the start, before it even has a chance to harm our health, by interfering with its absorption. This is also how it prevents the formation of new fat cells. And, since it doesn’t cause insulin to be secreted and doesn’t raise blood sugar levels, it won't kick you out of ketogenesis.
LynFit uses it to not only improve weight loss and fat burning but to also replace sugar!
Since we specialize in helping even the toughest metabolisms (yes, this includes thyroid people), we are always looking for ways to lower blood sugar levels and block blood sugar spikes because they are what causes weight gain and fat storage. That's what makes inulin perfect. It also adds texture without adding extra calories, improving taste and moisture levels in our bars. It also tastes slightly sweet (it's about 10 times less sweet) compared to sugar (sucrose), so it also helps reduce cravings for it. The delicious, lightly sweet flavor in our products is because we use inulin, not due to artificial sweeteners.
Inulin does have several similarities to the sugar beet plant often used to release sugar, but inulin wins when it comes to following a low carb or keto diet, and tastes best!
Inulin also increases calcium absorption, improving the absorption of electrolytes, including all-important magnesium. These all play an important role in protecting our health and keeping our bones strong by improving bone mineralization, which protects us against the ravages of osteoporosis.
Which inulin food sources and/or products are best for weight loss?
Here are the best prebiotic food-based items. They are listed from the best sources for weight loss and fat burning to the worst.
Sinful Chocolate Sauce delivers a whopping 10 grams of prebiotic fiber from inulin per serving. Most people assume it's just another chocolate sauce and wonder why it's so expensive. Now you'll know that nothing could be further from the truth. It's loaded with delicious prebiotic fiber and all kinds of nutrients. And because it's so delicious, you'll never skip a day.
How is it used? Add to coffee or your Metabolic Boosting Shake, or make it into Skinny Hot Chocolate (cold or iced). It's also an easy way to make chocolate sorbet (make and freeze -- it's that easy).
Lean Bars have five grams of prebiotic fiber per bar (fiber amounts may vary according to flavor).
Complete Protein Powder contains 2-5 grams, depending on which flavor you choose.
- Raspberries/berries (raspberries are the #1 best fruit source)
- Accelerator Advanced
- Raspberry Ketone Cleanse & Restore
- Green apples
- Garlic and fresh herbs (like the ones we use in our Super Omega 3 Salad Dressings and Raspberry Ketone Cleanse & Restore)
- Leafy green vegetables (spinach, romaine lettuce)
- The higher carb fibrous vegetables: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, asparagus, leeks, onions, snow peas, and also while technically a fruit, tomatoes and canned tomato products.
NOTE: There are many more, and this list only shows the fiber foods that are NOT refined and are low-carb, which is best for fat burning and weight loss.
Fiber is vitally important, and these tips and metabolic weight loss products are tools that can help you reach your daily fiber, especially when you need a grab-and-go snack or meal that won't stop you from losing weight.
We need to fiiberize our lives as much as possible with prebiotic fiber from inulin specifically, and research demonstrates that, starting with improving gastrointestinal health.
- Better blood sugar control, which protects against type 2 diabetes
- Colon cancer prevention
- Improved metabolic health
- Accelerates fat burning/improved lipid profiles
- Healthier cholesterol levels
- Stronger bones and improved bone mineralization
- Protection against obesity
- Helps prevent fatty liver disease
- Improved and enhanced immunity due to probiotic growth
- Keeps you feeling fuller longer and prevents cravings
How much and when?
All health starts in the gut, so if yours is leaky or you have any type of gastric distress, you'll want to make increasing prebiotic fiber your top priority. Sadly, none of us is eating enough fiber, and we all need to work harder at increasing our daily intake, regardless of whether we are trying to improve our health and wellness or are trying to lose weight or burn more fat.
The average woman needs 27-30 grams daily, and quite possibly more while trying to lose weight if your weight loss is slow. The average man needs 37 grams daily, yet he gets less than twenty-two. We all need to work harder on getting more of this nutrient... pronto!
Inulin is natural and safe!
Inulin has no known risks and/or side effects, is non-allergic, and safe for most people considering it’s completely natural and present in many foods and is gluten-free, unlike most other forms of fiber.
Studies have shown that inulin is rarely allergenic, and when foods containing inulin cause reactions, it’s usually due to other compounding ingredients that some companies may use to reduce costs. Ingredients like peanuts, milk, soy, shellfish, and wheat. LynFit uses premium-grade inulin that's pure and unadulterated.
It's also why some of our fiber-filled products may seem expensive. In the long run, the health-protective benefits you receive (in addition to the weight loss) will save you money (lots of it). An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and inulin is just that... the best preventative you can eat every day to keep your gut functioning optimally.
Is inulin considered safe to consume if I follow a FODMAP diet?
Yes, and no. Since many of the inulin foods are not suggested if you follow a FODMAP diet, such as stone fruits, beans, wheat, dairy, nuts, certain sweeteners, and sugars, you'll need to rely more on Complete Protein Shakes and/or Lean Bars to get your inulin fiber intake up. You can also use Sinful Chocolate Sauce as well as take the Raspberry Ketone Cleanse & Restore to help rebalance your gut microbiome.
LynFit uses pure inulin and whey that is ultra-purified, so while whey does come from a dairy source, you won't find any lactose in ours. You'll feel great using it; in fact, it improves gut health so effectively you may forget you have issues. If you feel slightly bloated when you drink our protein shakes, it's best that you NOT use a blender due to the air that's added via blending. Simply stir it instead, and you'll notice a change.
The desired effect of improving your gut microbiome is all about cleaning out what's in there to start, and then nourishing the good guys we want to stay. The Complete Protein Shake, Lean Bar, Sinful Chocolate Sauce, and Raspberry Ketone Cleanse & Restore do this very well.
The only way to improve digestion and assimilation in order to boost metabolism function is to cleanse out first, boost (our inulin products work best for this), and keep repeating. The goal is to turn off hunger and prevent cravings, so this all becomes rebalance through the process, which is nothing to fear and is all good. If needed, ease up on the fiber and slowly build up if your body is sensitive, but this very rarely happens.
That being said, some people may experience inulin side effects if they don’t react well to eating high amounts of certain types of fibers or carbohydrates, like the ones that are derived from onions, garlic, and other foods. For people with a sensitivity to FODMAPs (like those with irritable bowel syndrome or an inflammatory bowel disorder), drawing water into the colon in large quantities can lead to worsened symptoms like cramps, gas, and a bloated stomach. It’s a good idea to add inulin or other concentrated fibers to your diet slowly via Complete Protein, Lean Barz, Sinful Chocolate Sauce, or Raspberry Ketone Cleanse & Restore to test their effects. Drink plenty of water to help with lubrication. Once your colon is cleansed and microbiome restored, symptoms dissipate.
Now that you know the benefits of inulin you can see why we here at LynFit get so excited about what makes our Complete Protein Shake, Lean Bars, Sinful Chocolate Sauce, and Raspberry Ketone Cleanse & Restore so special, and how that makes it so easy for all of us to increase our daily inulin fiber intake.
So, if you want to...
- Improve health
- Improve your gut microbiome
- Reduce bloat, constipation
- Boost heart health
- Lower your metabolic risk factors (lower cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, triglycerides, etc.)
- Improve calcium and mineral absorption
- Lose more weight
- Burn more fat (especially stubborn belly fat)
- Beat fatigue and feel more energized
- Improve immunity
- Ease gastric distress
- Improve mood
- Alleviate acid reflux
... you need more of the right kind of fiber! Make it metabolic boosting prebiotic fiber.
- Lisa Lynn