I just went looking on the Kellogg's website for bran bud recipes. I think that is a great solution for increasing fibre. Yummier than the Metamucil that's for sure...LOL! Although they make all sorts of flavours in the Metamucil now....I go the Lemon-aid flavour & its good! Wow huh?! But it's true ...it tastes like pink lemonaid. Anyway just wanted to share these bran bud recipes with you cause there is some good ones.
Here is a link to Kellogg's website...u can cut & paste this weblink below.
If you enter Bran Buds in the ingredients box, it gives you recipes to use it in. You can even add it to your ground meats to add fibre to your diet. Enjoy!
I asked my doctor about using the Metamucil or a similar product like benefibre. He recommends it.
He told me that what most people dont realize is that it is made with pysillum husk which is a natural form or fibre. So it wont harm you as long as you follow directions & drink lots of water throughout the day & when you take it.
He did say some people are sensitive to certain types of fibre so to start off with one dose a day & see how it goes.
I was having lots of gas problems from increasing my fibre using beans & more raw veggies. So my doc has recommended I cut back on those a bit since it seems I am sensitive to those & try the pysillum husk once a day to come up to my recommended daily fibre that way.
Since he has given me these instructions I will try it. But I do agree that it does not replace real food...I will still be following my SP meal plan & I will continue with my increased bean & veggie consumption...I want to make this a life long habit!
But since I was having so much pain form the gas I need to cut it back a bit...maybe I started off with too much. I will increase it very slowly & see how it goes. If its better I will stop the psyillium.
Another great source of psyllium my doc told me is Bran Buds....lots of fibre in only 1/3 of a cup. SO for those of you that cannot stand the thought of Metamucil or Benefibre...you can try that.
Also there is a new product he told me about that comes in capsules called PGX...its a fibre product that makes you full & helps with cholesterol & blood sugar levels...but Metamucil does the same thing for less $$$ he told me & is safe if used correctly. ALso it is not habit forming since it is a bulk agent he said...that was one of my worries. It is not a laxative...just a fibre bulk agent.
Just wanted to share this info with you. Just one doctors advise of course...but my doc is a great doctor so I will listen to him.
Would love to know if anyone else had similar instructions form their doctor?
Edited by: TIABITS at: 1/10/2010 (16:36)
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I have been told by my doctor that I should take metamucil daily. I never thought of it as an appetite suppresant before. This makes since
When I get home from work, I'm usually famished so I will drink a glass of the Metamusil first thing. Then while I'm preparing dinner I don't start nibbling on the food which throws my calorie count off. I think its a great way to curb the hunger.
My doctor recommended a fiber supplement to help increase the amount of fiber in my system when I was younger. Looking back I was not feeding my body well at the time so it's no wonder I was having issues. Now that I am eating well and have increased the amount of fiber through fruits, vegetables and grains there's no need. I've never heard of using a product like Metamucil for suppressing appetite. Doesn't it put you well over the top of your fiber requirements or are you eliminating other things to compensate?
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As a vegetarian I almost always exceed my recommended amount of fiber by a wide margin.
I haven't tried metamucil but one thing I do take is a fiber supplement called glucomannan. I do notice that when I take glucomannan that it is easier for me to stay on my diet. They also seem to be helping me keep my triglycerides down.
If you need the fiber and you're only doing this once a day, I don't see it as a problem unless you find yourself becoming dependent on it. However, have you tried just drinking the 8 oz of liquid without the Metamucil? It might have the same effect, especially if it's a warm drink.
One person I knew once...their doctor prescribed them gelatin capsules for an appetite suppressent...I have never heard of the metamucil thing...but it sort of makes sense because metamucil is fiber...so I imagine it would fill you up...I don't think I would drink it before a meal...but that's just me.
I just read all the posts & its interesting to see comments both, for & against the use of metamucil.
I know many people who use psyllium fibre to add healthy fibre to their diet. And recently my doctor recommended this as well since both my hubby & I are on the high side of normal for both cholesterol & blood sugar levels.
Now I'm confused as to what to do. Hmm...will have to do more research.
But I enjoyed reading your posts...lots of food for thought.
I get 19g of fiber per day just from 1 packet of high fiber oatmeal and a fiber bar. The rest (usually 40g or more per day) comes from fruits and veggies. My hubby actually had SERIOUS GI problems after using Metamucil daily and hasn't had a single issue since getting fiber in its natural form. Do what you want just be careful.
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Fiber is one that I struggle with each day. Maybe I should add metamucil so I can at least hit the bottom end of my range. Think I'll check this out.
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I never seem to get enough fiber and generally chew the sugar free benefiber tablets. I may try the metamucil as you've talked about it here.
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Actually about 20 years ago people were taking metamucil to lose weight. I don't need fiber as if not careful I will exceed my daily quota.
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I work with a doctor, and he often prescribes Metamucil before each meal (3 x day). It has many benefits such as lowering blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure. I see nothing wrong with taking in some extra fiber.
tareco - thanks. I think sometimes fiber supplements are confused with laxatives and stimulants, and in that case I would WHOLEHEARTEDLY 100% have to agree that it is messing with a bodys natural functions. I usually lose on 1500 calories and I am keeping with it but with the fiber before meals I am ending up with a 200-400 calorie surplus at the end of the day for some delicious something :) I just enjoyed my Chai Tea latte and homemade gingersnaps and came in at my usual 1500! Im calling it a win for now.
I don't think there's anything wrong with using the Metamucil (but just a tip, Fibersure tastes better!).
We all need fiber and some of us have a hard time getting the daily recommended amount. My doctor as well as a friend of mine who is a Registered dietician also suggested this. Eating more fibrous foods will make you feel fuller and keep you that way longer and so will adding more fiber to your diet with a supplement.
I disagree with the poster that made the comment about hunger. Sometimes the body is used to getting more food but it doesn't mean it needs it! There is nothing wrong with wanting to get your appetite under control unless you start getting obsessive and anorexic about it.
I have logged my food for 4 years. I used to weigh 150 and used a similar website to this one so to those thinking I dont know how to use nutrition and calorie counting to lose weight the right way you are mistaken. I have maintained my weight loss (give or take 5 pounds) for nearly 3 years.
Im not looking for a cheat here! Its just a fiber supplement taken in a very low dose. Its like drinking water or eating a small amount of oatmeal - geez!
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I figured as much. One tablespoon only has 12% of daily fiber so its not causing any laxative effect at the quantity I take (I think you need to have huge amounts to make that happen)! Im still sticking to my 1500 per day and that makes me lose 1-2 pounds a week. I just love being able to be SO full on much less food. :)
Unless you plan on having Metamucil every day for the rest of your life, I would say that it's not going to help you at all. Sure you may lose weight because you're going to the bathroom a lot or not eating as much - but it's not sustainable.
If you're good at watching your numbers - I'd stick with that. A good diet and exercise is the best way to achieve a healthy body and weight.
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Why do you want to suppress your appetite? It's our body's natural way of telling us it it needs more fuel like the E on our fuel gauge in our car.
Plus to get healthy and keep the weight off, we need to make a lifestyle change, not suck it up and go hungry for a while until we get to our goal weight - then we'll just put the weight back on.
There are many, many, many ways to feel full with whole, fresh, healthy foods that are tasty, delicious, luxurious tasting even, and is packed full of nutrition to keep our bodies healthy and strong.
You can choose what you wish, but I think you'd be happier in the long run if you chose food.
Against my better judgement I was looking into Slim Shots. My dietary knowledge thankfully told me not to buy them! When I was researching online I came across a post about using Metamucil as a appetite suppressant. Since I rarely exceed my fiber daily I decided to give the sugarfree kind a try. I am AMAZED at how full I am after just one 8 oz glass. The fullness lasts for at least 2 hours. I decided to try it this afternoon as my husband wanted chocolate chip cookies (eek) - I chugged a glass while I was making them. No kidding I ate 1 and a half cookies and felt like I could explode. I have used it the last two days before dinner and I really eat about half what I normally need to to reach that full feeling. Also no *ahem* strange side effects whatsoever.
Anyone used it for this purpose? Any input? The only negative thing I heard were bathroom issues and possible nutrition deficit (which is not going to happen because I pay close attention to my numbers) It just seems too good to be true for how cheap it is and how well it works so far.
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