Fiber is a key essential to maintaining a healthy colon, which is why this story is pure motivation for everyone.
Battling with the weight he gained over his college years, Jordan Ring sought for change and implemented dietary fiber after consulting with his doctor. To document his transformation, he started his own website, Fiber Guardian, to promote the changes that he made, adding more fiber into his diet.
IN HIS OWN WORDS:
It all started when I went for a checkup at the doctor’s. I had not had a physical exam in quite a while, so I decided it might be a good idea to make sure that I was good to go. Boy, am I glad that I did! Everything was normal, except for my weight. My doctor spelled it out plainly.
“You are overweight, and you need to start losing weight. You are young and should bounce back quickly.”
She added, “You need to be eating a high-fiber diet rich in fruits and vegetables.”
My thoughts at the time were, ‘Okay, duh, I need to eat more fruits and vegetables, everyone knows that, but what is this fiber thing she is talking about?’
Yep, I am not afraid to admit my ignorance. I was a college grad, and I had no idea what she was talking about. I didn’t know that dietary fiber was part of the reason why I was always told to eat my fruits and veggies! However, I knew I needed to make a change, so I started researching the high-fiber diet. It definitely took some time, and it did not happen overnight. I gained weight over a 4-year span of time which meant that my body was reluctant to let go of that extra fat. I went home from the doctor’s office that day with a new mindset: I was ready to change. No longer would I continue on the path that I was on! In particular I would:
– No longer be thwarted by my own ignorance and lack of focus.
– Thoroughly research what it meant to be on a high-fiber diet and apply what I found to my daily life.
– Focus on dietary fiber and ensure that I secured my daily amount
– Find motivation in the results
What I found in my online research was very surprising. Dietary fiber is found in many foods! It can be found in fruits and veggies, whole grain pasta, beans and cereal high-fiber bars. However, I wasn’t eating ANY of these foods. My fiber intake was practically zero every day.
For pretty much all of my life, I had been fiber deficient! And I soon learned that I was not alone. In fact, just about 95% of Americans do not get enough dietary fiber in their diets every day.
Here are some quick and easy ways that you can start a high-fiber:
1) Find fruits you like.
2)Find veggies you like.
3)Eat these fruits and veggies more often.
4)Find an exercise that you like.
5)Exercise more often.
I know that this might seem too simple. However, start with the basics and then increase your consumption and activity level from there. I like to say that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and I firmly believe that saying needs to be your mantra with weight loss, fitness, and healthy eating.
When starting a high-fiber diet you need to make sure you are drinking enough water. Water consumption is huge and will determine whether you ultimately succeed or fail. I drink a huge glass of water every morning to start my day. It definitely wakes me up and kick starts my metabolism.
If you don’t like just plain water, then add lemon. Lemon water has its own set of health benefits (which are awesome!) but more importantly drinking it will boost your water intake.
75% of Americans go about their daily lives in a dehydrated state. Don’t become a statistic! Drink more water to lose weight and feel better.
To learn more about Jordan’s progress, you can check him out on his own fiberguardian website.