Will Metamucil Help Me Lose Weight?

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Metamucil is one of many brands of dietary supplements that contain large amounts of psyllium. This soluble fiber plays a number of important roles in your body, many of which might affect your ability to lose weight. In addition, psyllium can help prevent some conditions that might arise from being overweight or obese, such as heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. Although Metamucil and other sources of psyllium can complement your weight-loss efforts, they will not directly cause you to lose weight.

Metamucil and Weight Loss

Psyllium is a form of soluble fiber, the type that forms a gel when it comes into contact with liquids in your stomach and digestive tract. This helps to add bulk to stool and promotes regular bowel movements. In addition, the gel formed by psyllium in your digestive tract helps you feel fuller and reduces hunger pangs. Taking psyllium can also help control blood sugar levels. This function is important for your weight-loss efforts, as fluctuating blood sugar levels can boost your appetite and cause you to overeat.

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