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My husband sometimes take fiber pills (forget the name/brand - i think it's WellbutX or something like that - he get's them from lef.org) in the evenings to reduce hunger pangs and to prevent him from feeling hungry and overeating. Or eating past a certain time. (He's relatively sedentary and although not overweight, is trying to staythat way)
I'm hesitant to try it. Has anyone else ever done this, and is there anything anyone can tell me about using fiber to diet, sucesses, dangers? I'm just interested in what everybody thinks about such a practice...
Thu. Apr 27, 9:57pm
I like eating high fiber foods. It does fill you up, and it's very healthy. Hearty oatmeal or bran cereal keeps me full all morning, and that is saying something since I could probably eat every hour if I tried. Before dinner, I load up on raw veggies because they take a lot of work to eat and digest for not very many calories.
I don't know how much a fiber pill really "fills" you. I suggest real high fiber food in this case.
Thursday, April 27, 2006, 10:22 PM
You always hear warnings about "laxatives", but IMO fiber pills or powder are pretty safe, probably good for your health, and do help me feel full. I like metamucil, it's just psillium (ie seed husks) like the off brands but ground finer so it dissolves smoother. (I can't imagine there's much point in buying some fancy health store brand if it costs more, I mean, it's essentially mechanical and there's only a few types of ingredients they all use.) Heather's IBS site recommends daily fiber. But maybe the doctor will weigh in? Is there any problem with taking fiber supps daily? Does your body really become "dependent" on them?
Thursday, April 27, 2006, 10:45 PM
be careful with psyllium--it's a laxative, too! I usually get really bad cramps and bloating / gas If I take it....
Benefiber is pretty good-- mixed in with juice, water, soup, pudding, yogurt, etc. Although I'm not sure if it would "fill you up".
Might be better to have him munch on celery sticks (no dressing)--it actually BURNS more calories than you consume...
Friday, April 28, 2006, 9:52 AM
Oh and wholegrain high fiber cereal (not instant, but the kind you cook) is also a great filler and keeps me full-- I've had a big bowl for breakfast and no hunger pangs for hours.
Although, if eating a high fiber cereal, veggies, etc. it is EXTREMELY important to chew your food thoroughly, or you can get really severe gas...(especially with things like whole grains.)
Friday, April 28, 2006, 9:54 AM
in moderation of course
should have said earlier, okay in moderation! You will regret it if you overdo it. And for godssake do take lots of water like they say -- choking on a fiber supp would be a bad way to go!
OTOH, like the other posters say, natural food solutions are probably best. In terms of "regularity" stirfried bokchoy or spinach will do the trick. And for feeling full, some oatmeal or split pea soup (or any soup) is good.
Friday, April 28, 2006, 9:57 AM
yeah, start the high fiber thing SLOW, work up to more
those 7-grain cooked cereals are great, but once I didn't bother to measure the amount and oh, man.
Friday, April 28, 2006, 10:00 AM
to the 10:00 poster.
You are right!! MEASURE!!! the grains seem to expand like crazy. a 1/2 cup portion is realistic--and expands immensely!
Friday, April 28, 2006, 10:04 AM
if he wants to stay full at night have him eat a serving of Fiber One cereal! it's 60 calories for a half cup and contains half a days worth of fiber! he will be full till bedtime and BEYOND!!! (and most likely have to use the bathroom more often!)
Friday, April 28, 2006, 4:00 PM
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