Highfibre diets

One of the persistent problems raised by many people who are restricting their food intake to lose excess weight is that they continually feel hungry. Quite apart from true physiological hunger, the lack of bulk in the gastrointestinal tract may well be a factor here. This problem can be alleviated by increasing the intake of dietary fibre or non-starch polysaccharide (section 4.2.1.6) — increased amounts of whole-grain cereal products, fruits and vegetables. Such regimes are certainly successful, and again represent essentially a more extreme version of the general advice for a prudent diet.

It is generally desirable that the dietary sources of non-starch polysaccharides should be ordinary foods, rather than 'supplements'. However, as an aid to weight reduction, a number of preparations of dietary fibre are available. Some of these are more or less ordinary foods, but containing added fibre, which gives texture to the food, and increases the feeling of fullness and satiety. Some of the special slimmers' soups, biscuits, etc. are of this type. They are formulated to provide about one-third of a day's requirement of protein, vitamins and minerals, but with a low energy yield. They are supposed to be taken in place of one meal each day, and to aid satiety they contain carboxymethylcellulose or another non-digested polysaccharide.

An alternative approach is to take tablets or a suspension of non-starch polysaccharide before a meal. This again creates a feeling of fullness, and so reduces the amount of food that is eaten.

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