Each week at least one player talks to me about snacking… Avoiding snacks seems to be one of the big challenges to weight loss – snacks are typically high in sugar, fat and salt – which is why they taste so moreish.
One way to avoid snacks is to eat foods high in fibre, as fibre keeps you feeling fuller for longer. I’m sure that you’ve heard it all before, fibre is good for you…yah dee yah. But just how do you know if you are getting enough fibre in your diet?
Well, an easy way to find out, is to check out your poo.
Can you believe, there is a poo rating scale called the Bristol Stool Chart. Another Bristol claim to fame… besides Darth Vader, Cary Grant, Massive Attack and the Clifton Suspension Bridge. This scale rates a poo from one to seven with a 4 being like a David Beckham place kick, smooth and perfectly delivered, and 1 being what can only be called a Toxic Turd.
So how do we get from a TT to a Bend it Like Beckham? Answer: Fibre
Fibre is the indigestible parts of plant foods, such as vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, nuts and seeds. It is type of a carbohydrate that helps keep our digestive systems healthy.
To help you achieve 25–30g fibre each day, try the following:
- Have plenty of vegetables (aim for 5–6 serves every day)
- Choose at least two serves of fruit every day (with skin where possible)
- Choose high fibre cereal foods (wholemeal or wholegrain) more often than white or refined varieties
- Include beans, nuts and seeds regularly in your diet
Beyond the perfect poo, there are other benefits gained from having a fibre rich diet. Fibre can help protect against diverticular disease, haemorrhoids, constipation, heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and added bonus, it can really help with controlling your weight.
So next time you are desperately trying to squeeze a shot, have a think about your diet and how much fibre you’re eating. Increasing your fibre intake will not only help you slip the bail easily into the pan but will also improve your gut health and reduce the urge to snack.
So go on, do yourself (and all who live with you) a favour, eat more fibre and start enjoying perfect passes. For more info check out this website How do you poo?..
On that fine note, see you tomorrow night.