Hungry? Here are 6 Filling Snacks That Will Help You Lose Weight
It can be a vicious cycle: you’re exercising more, so you’re burning off calories, and your body responds by pushing you to consume more calories. As a result, weight loss can feel impossible – and sometimes, a well-intentioned diet and exercise program can even lead to weight gain! The trick is to cut your calories, but still find ways to feel full.
Prunes get a bad rap, but they’re a fantastic food for weight loss. They’re high in fiber, so they make you feel full longer, and they are packed with antioxidants. They’re also sweet, making them a great snack when you’re craving sugar, but you don’t want to risk putting on the inches.
Studies have shown that both protein and good fats help you feel full for longer. Contrary to the cholesterol concerns from decades past, eggs are actually very good for you. If you’re worried about the fat content, then pair your eggs with a couple of slices of avocado, which will neutralize the “bad” fats.
High in fiber, the humble oatmeal is not only a comforting breakfast but one that will help you feel full for longer. Add your own toppings and mix-ins – the pre-mixed varieties are often deceptively caloric – and you easily have an inexpensive, healthy, filling breakfast.
Nuts may be high in fat, but it’s the good kind of fat. They’re also high in fiber and protein, both of which help you to feel full for longer periods of time. And they’re also packed with nutrients. Just be careful to watch your portions – the calories can add up quickly with nuts – and avoid the salted or sweetened varieties.
Versatile and humble, the potato will fill you up quickly. The skins are very high in fiber and potassium, so make sure that you eat those as well. Sprinkle with low-calorie toppings – like herbs or salsa – to increase both your satisfaction and your satiety.
Many fruits are high in fiber, don’t make your blood sugar spike, and are full of pectin (which makes the fruit turn into a gelatinous mass in your stomach, making you feel full longer.) However, not all fruits are created equal. As a general rule, you want the sorts of fruit that you can make into jellies, like apples, berries, and pears. Bananas are also a great choice, especially because they are high in potassium. It may sound counter-intuitive, but to get the most from healthy snacks, make sure that you eat every three or four hours. This will keep your blood sugar level, which in turn helps prevent overeating. And, make sure that you drink plenty of water; often, hunger pangs are really thirst. So, next time you’re hungry, grab a big cup of cold water and one of the above snacks and know that you’re doing your waist a favor.