Trying to Lose Weight? Fibersol®-2 May Help
An as yet unpublished study conducted by researchers at Iowa State University contains good news for people who are trying to lose weight. The study showed that eating Fibersol®-2, a soluble corn fiber, helped people feel full by decreasing hunger, increasing satiation, or increasing signals from the body that told the participants they were full.
The study consisted of 9 men and 10 women in good health between the ages of 18 and 62. They were randomly placed into two groups.
On alternating days, the participants were given meals that contained 0, 5, or 10 grams of Fibersol®-2. They were then given a visual analog scale questionnaire and asked to mark how full or hungry they felt at specific times.
A visual analog scale is a tool used to measure subjective feelings by placing a line between two extremes. In this case, one end of the scale was a feeling of complete fullness and the other end was feeling so hungry the participant felt he was starving.
The participants who had consumed Fibersol®-2 reported feeling fuller longer than those who had not.
The study also showed that consuming Fibersol®-2 increased the levels of the hormones PYY and GLP-1, which are the hormones your intestines release to let your brain know that you are full.
It is important to remember that incorporating a supplement like Fibersol®-2 into your diet is only one way to keep a healthy weight. Regular exercise and a proper diet are also essential to maintaining your health.