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June 5, 2013 5:24 AM
I just read on Dr. Weil's site a recommendation of working up to 40 grams of fiber per day. This was in an article about an antinflammatory diet. When I checked it out on a few other sites there was a huge range of recommended fiber. For excellent weight loss, 35 grams was recommended several times.

Any insights/experience out there on such a high fibre count?
June 5, 2013 5:39 AM
might be a challenge to get that high. Stock up the bathroom with paper and reading materials.

I haven't seen any science around weight loss as a function of fiber per se, some stuff about appetite suppression etc so it may help.
June 5, 2013 5:40 AM
40 grams is high? I routinely get over 60 grams of fiber per day. I've been a vegetarian my whole life, so I guess I'm used to it. I can't imagine eating less than 40 grams per day!
June 5, 2013 5:53 AM

40 grams is high? I routinely get over 60 grams of fiber per day. I've been a vegetarian my whole life, so I guess I'm used to it. I can't imagine eating less than 40 grams per day!

average is about 15, but there won't be that large a proportion of vegetarians in there.
June 5, 2013 5:58 AM
10-20 is about what I normally get in I couldn't imagine aiming for 35/40 or more noway
June 5, 2013 6:03 AM
40 is a great recommendation...though anything above 75 and you may feel really bloated, and there could be some nutrient malabsorption issues.

I absolutely have to get 40 a's actually the only other thing I track in my diet besides my macronutrients. Some great sources:

Apple/Pear/Peach/Other Handfruit Skins
Green Leafy Veg
Fiber focused cereals
Fiber extracts that you can basically chug like a protein shake. (though I wouldnt recommend getting your fiber in a drink).
Lentils have insane amounts of the ratio of proteins to fiber in some are 2 to 1. 1 small serving can yield 9 grams.

Getting 40 is not hard. Eat a balanced diet!
June 5, 2013 6:03 AM
I usually get between 40-60 grams of fiber a day.... but be careful, not all fiber is equal!!! My quest protein bars have 17-19 grams of fiber and do not give me gas but if I have ONE fiber one bar I am bloated and farting like crazy!! get your fiber from veggies and fruits..
June 5, 2013 6:06 AM
Everybody's different. If I only ate 15 grams of fiber per day, I would be horribly stopped up. I need at least 25 grams a day just to stay regular. My usual range is 30-60 grams per day. Though 60 is a bit much, even for me. Another reason to eat more fiber: It helps you feel more full for longer by slowing down the time the food leaves your stomach and moderating blood sugar spikes/crashes. If you want to increase your fiber, I would recommend doing it gradually so your body can get used to the change. Great sources I eat regularly:

bell peppers
steel-cut oatmeal
legumes (black beans, kidney beans, lentils, etc.)
high-fiber granola/protein bars (I like Fiber One)
June 5, 2013 6:09 AM
I am a mostly vegan and I get about 30 on a bad day and 50 on a good day so I wouldn't want to go back to 15 grams. I feel much better but you need to make sure you drink plenty of water! I drink about 4 liters of water a day. Good luck flowerforyou
June 5, 2013 6:17 AM
Another 30-50g person here. I find above 50 painful, but below that is not an issue if you drink enough water.
June 5, 2013 6:19 AM
I put my minimum at 35, but prefer to get 40 or above. I just switched my macros to 35% carbs though so I'm running closer to 40 than the 50-60 that I was closer to at 45% carbs. Lots of veggies, always whole wheat/whole grains, apples and pears are awesomely high fiber also! I'm definitely not a vegetarian but I still get plenty of fiber :) Also adding chia seeds/ground flaxseed to things like yogurt helps to give a nice boost :)
June 5, 2013 6:30 AM

10-20 is about what I normally get in I couldn't imagine aiming for 35/40 or more noway

Likewise - I get about 9-10 grams a day...from the teaspoon of chia seeds I eat with my greek yogurt....
June 5, 2013 6:42 AM
...feeling for that uninformed person who's gonna say "someone on the internet said 40 g of fiber is needed for weight loss, I should up my intake of fiber one bars and benefiber"
June 5, 2013 8:14 AM

...feeling for that uninformed person who's gonna say "someone on the internet said 40 g of fiber is needed for weight loss, I should up my intake of fiber one bars and benefiber"

fiber doesn't have much to do with weight loss. that's all calories and exercise. the fiber recommendations are for a plethora of other health benefits. not to mention the inherent assumption that a diet high in fiber correlates with a diet rich in micronutrients, and minerals.
June 5, 2013 8:20 AM
I get around 25-30 a day. I make a point of eating things with fiber in them, even if it's only a little, it adds up at the end of the day. I also take psyllium husk powder in the morning, which is a great way to get in your fiber from a natural product.
June 5, 2013 10:40 AM
My nutritionist told me to aim for 40 grams a day (as part of a three-pronged strategy to reduce my cholesterol). I started a thread on here recently about getting 30+ grams per day of fiber and got all sorts of helpful responses -- you might want to search for it and see if you can find it. (I'm relatively new to the message boards and don't know how to link to an older thread.) As a result of some of the ideas people gave me, I'm now hitting 30+ almost every day. Next step for me will be to aim for 35...then I'll work on 40. Good luck and feel free to add me if you want. I definitely see a big difference in how full I am when I have a higher-fiber day.
November 1, 2013 10:08 AM
I maintain about 40-60 grams of fiber daily and eat a lot of food for my age, height and weight. I am 4'11", 112 pounds and 81 years old. I only swim and walk on treatmill 2x week but stay busy and walk and stand a lot. I am on NO medication and really believe its the way I eat. My diet consists of lots of grains, pasta, etc., whole grains in bread, rice, etc., lots of fiber, low fat but not NO fat, only use the good fats like olive oil and measure it when cooking. I have been able to maintain this weight for 10 years with the high fiber and it is the only change I made except to quit the evening wine. Here is a secret for those who love pasta and want to increase their fiber. sells all kinds of delicious white special pastas made with a resistant starch that are only 130 calories for 2 oz. and 18 grams of fiber!!! This is comparing to WHOLE grain pastas which would be 210 calories and only 4 gms fiber for the same amount. I eat these pastas in many ways at least 4 x a week.

Another secret is their crackers - which are delicious in little bag like wheat crackers - one bag is only 75 calories and 10 grams of fiber ( regular is 150 cal/1 gm. fiber) I love the cinnamon for snack, the regular for tuna salads, etc.

So if you just eat a portion of pasta, large veggies and small meat portions and eat 1 pk of crackers a day, you already have
28 gms. of fiber, not counting your veggies or anything else. Try it - you will LOVE IT.
November 1, 2013 10:12 AM
I get > 40 some days, though most days are in the 30's. Beans are great source of fiber and probably my biggest source. Nuts, vegetables, fruit and whole grains all contain fiber to varying degrees.
November 1, 2013 10:16 AM

...feeling for that uninformed person who's gonna say "someone on the internet said 40 g of fiber is needed for weight loss, I should up my intake of fiber one bars and benefiber"

That's a scary thought.......

Fiber is something that should be increased SLOWLY.
November 1, 2013 10:18 AM
Good for you!! When I discovered large amounts of fiber, it was like magic had happened. I eat very well,splurge occasionally on a doughnut w/ coffee or something I love ( at least once a week) nibble a lot and since I do like grazing, am able to also help with weight maintenance because if you eat every 2 hours, even if its an apple or pack of the crackers I mentioned, you will lose more weight, since your body won't go into the starvation mode. Check that out online.

Now as for the fiber and how to get it easily.

If I am having rice or some other lower gram grain for dinner - then I make sure to have as a snack a bowl of Kellogs Brand Buds which are delicious, have 13 grams fiber per 1/3 c and only 60 cals. I have this with the almond milk that is only 30 cal/cup and some splenda.

Another way to get the added fiber on a low fiber day if you like a sweet snack, is Kellogs Fiber Bars - at 140 cal/10 gms. fiber

Four times a week we have a medium sized bowl of 1/2 oat brand and 1/2 oat meal w/ flax meal added. 6 gms. For two of us I use 1/2 cup of the mixed oats and 2-1/2 cups water, 2 TBS flax meal and simmer till thick. You can add anthing else you like, such as a few walnuts or raisins. 1 Tsp brown sugar is enough for me.

Buy the Orowheat Double Fiber English Muffins - they are 8 gms of fiber and only 100 calories and delicious with a fried egg on top.

Beans are very high - about 8-10 per 1/2 cup. I make a lot of recipes with bean stews, salads, topped on salads, hummus, etc.

A good turkey ground meat sauce over the pastas is wonderful - throw on a handful beans for extra fiber and flavor:-)
these are just a few of my suggestions - but DO check out the for their products - its saved my life. I can attest that high fiber and other diet changes is wonderful for your health. All of my blood work and tests come out perfect every year and I am 81 years old and feel 50.

I hope this helps many of you - it sure did for me.
November 1, 2013 10:25 AM
eat a bunch of fruits and vegetables and you'll definitely get more than enough fiber. I hit 40 on a regular basis, not every day, but often.

and as someone mentioned, it's great for an appetite suppressant. As an example, if I'm at my limit for the day and I start to get peckish, I'll grab a cucumber and just get it in my belly. Then I feel full and lose the craving. It's the fact that fruits and vegetables are full of water and fiber, they are quite filling. Just look at the physical volume of 200 calories worth of vegetables compared to 200 calories of other foods and it's easy to see how the help you lose weight.
November 1, 2013 10:33 AM
I aim for about 10-15g per 1000 cals.

I will supplement it if I have a particularly fiber free day. If you are considering supplements one thing to think about is Metamucil is pretty much pure psyllium fiber husk (in gel cap form, or there is some flavor added in powder form). Anyways, you can find bulk ground psyllium husk at a mere fraction of the cost.

Also La Tortilla makes a Fiber Rich wrap that is great. 12g of fiber per large wrap (130 cals)
November 1, 2013 12:13 PM
I average around 25.

Fiber aids in digestion and helps you process foods. it make you poop.. there fore you lose weight

Thank you :)
November 1, 2013 12:19 PM
I usually get in between 30-40 a day and it helps keep me regular and also the high fiber foods I eat keep me feeling full for long periods of time :) I eat a mostly whole foods, plant based diet and my fiber comes from my daily green smoothies and salads, and then from beans, nuts and seeds and whole grains.
Edited by iechick On November 1, 2013 12:19 PM
November 1, 2013 12:27 PM
If you're eating healthy and getting all the nutrients you need from your food its nearly impossible to take in less than 30g of fibre a day. I usually end up between 35g-45g most days, and was almost hitting 100g per day at one point, though that was a very very bad idea...


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