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Newly published research shows that adults with high fiber intakes are less likely to gain weight and inches around the waist.

It is known that dietary fiber may play a role in obesity prevention. The role that different individual fiber sources play in weight change is less certain. In a recent paper published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers investigated the association of total dietary fiber, cereal fiber, and fruit and vegetable fiber with changes in weight and waist circumference.

The prospective cohort study included 89,432 European participants, aged 20–78 years, who were initially free of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Participants were followed for an average of 6.5 years. Adjustments were made for follow-up duration, dietary variables, and baseline anthropometric, demographic, and lifestyle factors.

Total fiber was inversely associated with weight and waist circumference change during the study period. For a 10 gram/day higher total fiber intake, there was an estimated 39 g/year weight loss and waist circumference decreased by 0.08 cm/year. A 10 gram/day fiber intake from cereals results in 77 g/year weight reduction and 0.10 cm/year reduction in waist circumference. Fruit and vegetable fiber was not associated with weight change but had a similar effect on waist circumference as total and cereal fiber intake.

Over a period of 6.5 years, weight gain and increases in waist circumference would be expected in typical adults. The findings of this research may support a beneficial role of higher intake of dietary fiber, especially cereal fiber, in prevention of weight and waist circumference gain.

< Am J Clin Nutr Vol. 91, No. 2, 329-336, February 2010. >


Swifter. Higher. Stronger

I have travelled all over the world to attend many Olympic events. The extent to which the athletes push themselves, body and mind, always leaves me awestruck and inspired.
When trying to push myself, whether it is with USANA or in my personal life, remembering those athletes and the motto they live by— Swifter. Higher. Stronger. —always helps me work a little bit harder.

After speaking with some of the amazing athletes involved with USANA, I can’t help but draw similarities between the qualities needed to become a top-rated athlete and a successful USANA business owner:

Determination

Strong resolve is as valuable to USANA Associates as it is to athletes. Determination is showing that you are 100 per cent committed to your dream. Come hail, rain, or sunshine, a committed athlete keeps training. It should be the same with your business. Keep moving forward, even when challenges arise.

Strength

An athlete is not only strong in body, but also in mind. Keeping strong is about more than power; it’s about staying on your intended path, no matter what. When everything is battling against you, you must have the strength to believe in yourself and continue on.

Tenacity

Sometimes it seems that the universe is working against you. Those are the times when you need to dig deep, look opposition in the face, and stand tall. Overcome your fears and open your mind to the possibilities of success.

Hard Work

There is no doubt that athletes work hard. But just as focused training is needed to make it to the Olympics, your hard work needs to be smart and effective to help you succeed with USANA. You never get anything for free, and the harder you work, the better your reward will be.

Focus

Regardless of whether you are an athlete or an entrepreneur, a focused mindset will help you get there. There will be ups and there will be downs, but to earn that gold medal or to join the ranks of the Fortune 25, you need to find that focus to keep you working toward your goal.

Athletes are always pushing harder, struggling to improve, and reaching above and beyond to succeed. Just like making it to the Olympics, building a USANA business will push you to move swifter, higher, and stronger for success. Are you ready to go for the gold?

Live well,
Dave Wentz
CEO, USANA Health Sciences

Reprinted with the permission of USANA Health Sciences, Inc., Salt Lake City, UT 84120 U.S.A.

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