One of the least attractive traits of today's weight loss diets is lack of food. Nobody likes being hungry all the time. It's time to eat smart - here are 5 fit foods that will keep you feeling full for a longer period time.
- Whey Protein
Recent discoveries have found that it's not always the consistency of a food that holds its nutritional importance. With the results of several recent collegiate studies, an article published in FitnessRx stated that specific nutrients were more important than the state of food. A study at The University of Toronto found that whey helps reduce hunger better than carbs because whey sustains blood sugar levels by slowly converting amino acids to glucose in the liver. The International Journal of Obesity confirms that long-term maintenance of blood sugar reduces hunger therein promoting weight control.
Cucumber is most often seen on salads or as an accessory to other foods - most people don't even consider it a vegetable! Cucumbers are mostly water so that aspect helps increase satiety alone. Still more, the difficulty of digestion results in a negative net calorie intake, meaning you burn calories eating them. Throw some cucumber slices in your lunchbox for extra fullness and flavor.
Fruit may well be the one carb in the world that actually helps you feel full instead of making you want more. We're not talking about grapes or baby oranges, of which you could obviously overeat but how many times have you reached for a second apple? That's right, an apple a day is still okay! Apples contain a good amount of fiber to keep you regular, natural simple sugars to give you instant energy, and have the ability to stave off hunger.
There are very few types of food, healthy or not, that you can overindulge on and still be on track with your diet. Salad, however, is one of those exceptions. Although we don't recommend lettuce on it's own as a meal, lettuce as an addition to a meal is a very intelligent choice. Bulk up your grilled meat by putting it on top of a big bowl of fresh romaine lettuce and feel fuller instantly.
An old reliable, oatmeal has been around for a long time, and for good reason. Whether you have it with low fat milk or just water, oatmeal is a fantastic breakfast food. With only 150 calories and 27 grams of carbs for half a cup, you really can't go wrong. Oatmeal soaks up a lot of water or whatever liquid you put it in, and it expands when you heat it. You probably already knew oatmeal was filling but starting your day with it might just help you eat less throughout the day!
To lose weight, you have to cut calories but that doesn't mean you need to sacrifice satiety. Eat these foods regularly to maintain a feeling of fullness and you'll be on your way to your next meal without feeling hunger pains at all.