Yes, the fiber recommendations are pretty much made up, just like the 8 eight-ounce glasses of water recommendations. They are VERY loose guidelines, but subject to so much variation as to be meaningless.
Water requirements, for instance, will be completely different based on your current weight, the temperature and humidity, the electrolyte balance of your body, whether you're running a fever or not, whether you're losing weight or not and on and on. The real measure of success is when you find that you are no longer thirsty. (Thirst is actually a warning sign of mild dehydration.)
A near-to-zero carb diet requires next-to-no fiber. Add nuts or cheese and you will need fiber. Add too much and you will need over the counter meds, lol!
Sweeteners can give you the opposite problem. So can alcohol, even moderate amounts.
The real guideline is your own body. If your bathroom habits are functioning pretty well then you're getting enough fiber. If you're too far to one extreme or the other then look to your food for a solution first.
And don't discount the idea that your intestinal flora are totally out of whack. If you're not already taking one, a strong probiotic is probably your first best course of action. Give it a few days and see if you notice any positive or negative changes and then adjust your food accordingly.
If you try everything here and are still not as regular as you'd like, then you might need to supplement.
Edited by: WOUBBIE at: 6/6/2013 (13:37)
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