Staying full after eating is half the battle in terms of weight loss.
When it comes to a healthy, balanced diet, one of the problems we face is how to eat foods that will keep us full. Generally speaking, lots of healthy foods taste great, but don’t really fill us up. We then turn to unhealthier options or junk food to fill that hole in our bellies.
Dieting can be used strategically to lose weight or get in shape for a particular event, but if you really want to lose weight and keep it off you need to make life choices that are in alignment with that. Healthier foods, eaten regularly are the correct way to change your overall diet, and foods that keep you full longer can help stave off those cravings for unhealthier options.
There are four basic categories for food that will fill you up: Protein-rich, fiber-packed, foods that are high in volume, and foods that are high in energy. Choosing meals and snacks that fit in these categories will help keep your waistline trim, and your belly full.
Oatmeal- Oatmeal is low in calories, and high in fiber. For an extra kick, stir in a dollop of natural crunchy peanut butter, and some fresh berries. You will remain full all day.
Eggs- Eggs are high in protein, and contain antioxidants that will help with eye health.
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Greek Yogurt- Greek yogurt is not only thicker than regular yogurt, but it also has a high protein level, which makes it a great snack, or addition to a meal (try it with honey, granola, and fresh berries for a nice ice cream replacement0.
Meat- Meat is very high in protein, and it helps to reduce hunger producing hormones.
Quinoa- Quinoa may be hard to pronounce, but it’s very good for you as a source of protein. Quinoa is also high in fiber, and contains valuable amino acids.
Nuts- Nuts are high in protein and fats, and can help regulate the hormones that cause hunger.
Fruit- Fruit is high in energy, high in fiber, and low in calories. Just make sure you eat fresh fruit rather than juice, which is mostly sugar.