What is the difference between soluble and insoluble fiber
I am on a diet and I just started eating Fiber One cereal a few days ago. Before buying this cereal, I was trying to get at least 20 grams of fiber a day in other ways. I feel full most of the day which is good for a diet(well except that I don't feel like eating much and it makes me eat too little calories I have noticed!) but I have been noticing I have been very constipated lately even before eating the fiber one. Does insoluble fiber help with constipation and weight loss?? OR should I be using soluble fiber? What are the differences between the two? I haven't been able to get a bowel movement in almost a week now. I am getting worried.
Thanks for posting this question. I too have been wondering which is better. I am constipated and have been prescribed stool softeners but I do eat a lot of fiber but was wondering which might help. I drink plenty of water and will try to get more insoluble fiber while still keeping up on soluble. Thanks again!
I think you should take a water soluble fiber supplement like Metamucil or Equate from Wal Mart-- it contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. Just eat regular food not a bran cereal that is almost totally insoluble fiber.
I have never tried to figure out how much fiber I'm intaking --- I just eat regular meals and take psyllium twice daily mixed with water. If I get slightly constipated --I eat prunes about 5 daily but that happens very--very rearly.
I don't think this is rocket science it's just intaking enough food and the fiber in your system. Your bowels cannot work without fiber and water. And, you need nutrients to live.