Fibre is among the most important components of a weight loss-oriented diet.

It may come as a surprise that you can put on weight by not eating something, but this is the case when it comes to fibre, says Dr Smith. First of all, because fibre does not contain any calories, foods that are rich in it are generally less fattening and less calorically dense. For example, a large salad filled with leafy greens has fewer calories than even a single slice of pizza.

Second, fibre fills you up more quickly and stays in your system longer, effectively curbing your appetite. This, of course, will prevent you from overeating -which is why starting your meal with a salad of greens and vegetables is never a bad idea. 


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