According to the recent research targeting obesity, which was conducted by an obesity medical specialist named Hsiao Tun-jen, consuming high fiber, sugar-free soy milk may assist dieters in losing weight.
These findings were based on an experiment that ran for three weeks and that involved the participation of 60 people who had a body mass index (BMI) that was larger than 25 (making them either overweight or obese). The age of the participants ranged from 35 to 45 years old.
The participants in the study were divided into two different groups. The first group was the experimental group. Those individuals consumed 450 milliliters of sugar-free high fiber soy milk a half hour before their lunch and their dinner, every day for a period of 12 weeks. The second group was the control group, which did not drink any of the soy milk.
Both of the groups attended a half hour lecture about nutrition and took part in an hour long exercise session each week throughout the length of the trial.
What the research found, according to Hsiao, was that in the experimental group, there was a 5.7 percent average decrease in the percentage of body fat. The control group, on the other hand, experienced only a 4 percent decrease in body fat. Hsiao also added that there was a considerable decrease in blood pressure, blood glucose, and blood lipid levels among those in the experimental group when compared to the control group. Furthermore, the experimental group saw an LDL cholesterol level decrease by an average of 15 percent.
Hsiao also acknowledge that there was not a true statistical significance in the reduction of body fat percentage between the experimental group and the control group, explaining that this was “due to the shortness of the study”, and recommending that further examination of the results be made.
At the same time, though, Hsiao did state that the study results were quite promising and that they merited further investigation.
According to Lee Tzu-Yi, a nutritionist, the impact of drinking sugar-free high fiber soy milk ahead of meals can help to lengthen the amount of time during which a dieter will feel full, and can also stimulate bowel movements. However, at the same time, Lee also explained that it is important for people to adjust their overall lifestyle habits such as exercising regularly and eating a healthy and well balanced diet in order to achieve proper weight loss.