What You Should Know
Would be dieters are always looking for the elusive magic pill that will allow them to eat everything they want and still lose weight. Unfortunately to date, no such pill exists. There is no shortage on commercials and print ads that promote adding fiber to your diet. One doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that a healthy digestive system will be more efficient at eliminating excess waste. According to the manufacturers, diet products that contain high amounts of fiber can help increase satiety making you feel fuller. The best way to increase your fiber is to eat foods that have a high fiber content. Sounds simple enough right? Unfortunately research suggests that most people’s diets are deficient in fiber. This is where a supplemental form of fiber such as Metamucil may be useful. Metamucil is sold as a dietary supplement and as a laxative not a weight loss product, however many consumers have begun to use Metamucil as an aid to weight loss.
Metamucil comes in tablets, wafers and in powder form. The main ingredient is fiber.
The whole concept of taking Metamucil as a weight loss aid is that when taken, it gels in the stomach and helps dieters to take in less food which results in weight loss.
- Metamucil is comes in many forms to fit various lifestyles.
- Metamucil may be act as an aid to digestion and assist with constipation problems.
- Taking excessive amounts of Metamucil can result in a vitamin deficiency.
- People have been known to develop a dependency on laxatives and stool softeners.
- Some find the flavors unappetizing. (See reader comments.)
- There is no evidence that Metamucil has an effect on reducing body fat or that taking Metamucil will increase the rate at which the body metabolizes fat.
Would be dieters looking for a “quick fix” and who do not want the commitment of eating a healthy diet rich in fiber will likely turn to such products as Metamucil for weight loss. However it should be noted that there is insufficient evidence to prove that Metamucil when used as a dietary supplement will work as an effective weight loss aid. Nor does the evidence suggest that Metamucil will increase the rate at which the body metabolizes body fat. Metamucil may act as an aid to better digestion and assist with constipation. Taking excessive amounts of Metamucil can result in a vitamin deficiency in the body and many consumers have developed a dependency on laxatives and stool softeners. The product is available for sale at many online retail sites which carry vitamins and supplements. Many local grocery and drugstores may carry Metamucil as well. Metamucil comes in many forms, is reasonably priced and affordable for the most consumers.