How Chia Can Help Manage Your Weight

By Barrie Rogers, Debbie Dooly

Not only are the nutrients in chia important for supporting the body, but chia also has another great benefit to support weight management. Being overweight has a serious effect on the function of the body. Weight issues have been linked to increased risk of heart-related diseases, type-2 diabetes, cancer, and many other chronic diseases.

In western society, more than 60 percent of people are overweight. Weight problems are often a result of lifestyle choices, such as consuming high-sugar drinks, processed foods, and too many calories, and not getting enough exercise.

Your body is like a car — it only needs so much fuel, and the right kind of fuel. When you overfeed your body or don’t feed it the right kinds of foods, your body accumulates excess fat. The good news is, you can lose weight and help your body to support itself by changing your diet and lifestyle.

It can hold up to ten times its weight in water, meaning that when added to food, chia thickens, absorbs moisture, and hence, keeps you feeling fuller longer, so you’re less likely to eat the wrong foods. Chia is also full of fiber and releases energy slowly. All these factors help in the quest to lose weight.