Most people who are trying to lose weight see food as their enemy. However, nothing could be further from the truth and eating the right foods, in the right amounts can actually help you manage your weight efficiently by curbing your appetite.
Here are just a few appetite suppressing foods that can do the trick:
#1. Broth Based Soups
Broth based soups that are homemade and low in sodium and have just a sprinkling of healthy low calorie vegetables like some thinly sliced carrots, celery, and parsley, with a few mushrooms thrown in for good measure eaten as an appetizer just prior to a meal can actually help you reduce the amount of those higher calorie foods you eat while still allowing you to feel full. Broth based soups can help you cut down on as much as ½ the calories you eat at one meal.
High is high soluble fiber known as beta-glucans, which travel through the digestive system very slowly, thus keeping you satiated longer period. Perfect meal for breakfast –just add some nuts or seeds and you will be okay till lunch.
Oatmeal is also known to help lower the bad cholesterol (HDL), thus reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease.
For some people, caffeine is a very effective appetite suppressant. You can have a large cup of good old black coffee or if you are not a big coffee lover, black or green tea will do the trick as well. Don’t add milk or sugar if you want to avoid any extra calories.
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Studies show that people who eat 10 ounces of lean protein a day from sources such as lean beef, chicken, fish, and legumes tend to feel fuller for longer periods of time and are less likely to feel those hunger pangs that send people running off to the nearest cookie jar. Dairy products in small amounts also can help to give you that full feeling.
#5. Pears and Apples
A fresh pear or apple consumed as a snack between meals, contains 3 to 6 grams of fiber as well as pectin which helps prevents blood sugar spikes and drops. This helps to keep you feeling full and prevents that tiredness that makes you feel like you need to eat to have energy.
Avocados are rich in soluble fiber and monounsaturated fats. They take longer time to digest, meaning that they will keep you filling full for long. You can add them to your smoothie, use as spread for your sandwich, cut and add to your salad.
Cinnamon also helps to control insulin and blood sugar levels, which helps you to control your overall appetite. Sprinkle a bit on your morning oatmeal, or add some to that cup of morning tea to help keep blood sugar levels more stable.
#8. Water Melon
Good sources of fiber, high water content and low in calories. The high water content of water melon helps to make you feel full without consuming a lot of calories. I personally like eating water melon and a handful of almonds at lunch and they do keep me full till dinner.
While not technically “food” drinking a glass of water before, during, or after meals can help you to eat less and feel full. In addition, water helps to flush toxins from the body, which may be prohibiting or slowing some of the weight loss.
Just as eating the wrong foods may increase weight gain, eating the right foods can help you to lose weight because these foods help to balance blood sugar, keep you feeling fuller longer, and give you energy and stamina while decreasing those hunger pangs.