Remember to up your fiber as part of your diet plan. Many popular diets fall woefully short of the fiber required for health (and weight-loss bonus, it makes you feel full). The best plan is to get fiber through whole foods but supplements can round out one's fiber intake. See the excerpt below:

NPD Group's 20th Annual "Eating Patterns in America" and "Dieting Monitoring" studies and Calorie Control Council National Consumer Survey, 2004.


Dieters are likely to experience a fiber shortfall. The typical daily meal plan analyzed for the Jenny Craig, Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution, The Zone, American Heart Association No-Fad Diet and The Perricone Prescription diets did not meet the American Dietetic Association's daily fiber requirement of 25 to 30 grams.

"These results are not surprising, since it is difficult to meet all nutritional needs when your body is in diet mode," said the nutrition expert who conducted the analysis, Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, LDN, director of Sports Medicine Nutrition for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and the Center for Sports Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. "As a dietitian, I want people to eat well, enjoy food and also get their nutrient needs met on a daily basis."

How Diets Stacked Up

- Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution, 1 gram fiber per day

- The Perricone Prescription, 11.7 grams fiber per day

- The Zone, 17.7 grams fiber per day

- Jenny Craig, 18 grams fiber per day

- American Heart Association No-Fad Diet, 19.4 grams fiber per day