Boosting your fibre intake could be the answer to your wellness and weight loss woes. 

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In a year-long study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, participants who simply increased their fibre intake lost almost as much weight in a year (2.1 kilos) as those who followed the 13 rules in the American Heart Association's diet guidelines (2.7 kilos).

At the end of the study, both groups had lower blood pressure and decreased insulin resistance. Focusing on eating more rather than less of something made a diet change easier to stick with, said experts, who also found that a single dietary change seemed to set off an effortless chain reaction of healthier choices. They also agreed that fibre's satiety factor and blood sugar-stabilising effects could prevent hunger and cravings.

Keen to try it? We've made a hit-list of fibrous foods to your diet: