Fiber is part of a balanced diet, important to keep all the systems in your body running smoothly. Yet fewer than 1 in 10 American adults meet the daily recommendations for fiber intake. Suspect you’re not getting enough? Look out for these sneaky signals from your body, which can be a hint to up your fiber game.
Constant hunger, even after eating
More fiber means you’ll be fuller for longer. So, if you aren’t getting enough, your body may be giving you those hunger signals even after eating a meal. Fiber slows down digestion, giving you time to absorb all the nutrients you just ate, so you stay full for a while. It also helps regulate blood sugar, which helps keep hunger in check. Because fiber has been linked with satiety and sustained energy, it’s been researched to possibly aid in weight management by limiting overeating.