According to data from MyFitnessPal, the app that tracks your fitness goals and progress, users who came within five percent of their weight-loss goals all had one thing in common: Getting their fiber on.
The company looked at data from the app’s 150 million users in 2015 to track the habits of people looking to lose weight. They found that those who met their weight-loss goals, or got within five percent of that goal, ate 30 percent more fiber than those who didn't meet their goals in 2015. (If you're ready to tackle your weight-loss goal for good, check out Women's Health's new Ignite routine)
So what is it about filling up on fiber that helps us slim down? According to Keri Gans, R.D., author of The Small Change Diet, it’s a pretty simple principle. “Fiber digests slowly, therefore it keeps you fuller for longer,” she says. “If you are more satiated you are less likely to overeat.”
In other words, loading up on fiber-packed foods, like avocado, oatmeal, lentils, and kale, will help muffle the call of those vending machine chips at 3 p.m.
The data also revealed that, in addition to more fiber, successful dieters downed more cauliflower, raw fruits, cereal (yes, CEREAL!), grains, olive oil, coconut oil, almonds, and yogurt. So put those on your shopping list pronto.
What not to jot down? Goal crushers ate less pasta, potatoes, meat, and eggs.
Though we wouldn't recommend cutting those last four foods out of your diet (or pounding bowls of Frosted Cheerios), keeping an eye on your portions and adding more nutrient-rich foods to your diet might help you hit your goal weight in 2016. Go get it, girl.