Name your three top complaints about dieting. The odds are that if it wasn’t the first one, then one of the top three was that you are hungry all the time or too often.
This doesn’t always have to be the case. Although the majority of diets will require you to have to relearn how much food should make you feel full – and in time your body will become accustomed to it – there are some foods to fill you up and they can be very helpful throughout this time.
While you’re dieting, if you want to keep the hunger pangs away, then it will be a good idea for you to learn some great and flavorful foods to fill you up and keep you feeling full for longer. This way, you’ll feel less likely to overeat at meals or snack unnecessarily to keep the hunger under control.
Use the following list of tasty and filling foods to keep up with your diet without feeling like you’re starving for the next few weeks or months:
• Baked potato – this is a highly filling food and, despite its bad reputation, it is actually considered to be more satisfying than rice or whole wheat bread. When either boiled or baked, they are high in fiber, vitamins, and other nutrients. For a medium sized potato, even with the skin on, you’ll take in only 160 calories but feel much fuller than if you chose a different side dish.
• Eggs – studies show that when people eat eggs for breakfast instead of bread based products such as bagels will eat an average of 330 fewer calories every day. The reason is that they are highly satisfying and are high in protein, which means that the feeling of fullness lasts a longer period of time than the equivalent number of calories in carbs.
• Apples – these fruits contain a substance called pectin, which naturally reacts in the body to slow down digestion. This means that this highly nutritious and high fiber fruit will also be digested more slowly so if you eat it, you will feel fuller, longer. Studies have indicated that people who regularly eat apples eat fewer daily calories, on average.
• Figs – if you have a sweet tooth, a fresh fig will help you to satisfy it, while taking in a large amount of fiber and some healthy nutrients at the same time.
These foods to fill you up will help you reach your weight loss goals without the hunger pangs along the way.