Hunger can be the worst enemy of a successful diet! When you’re hungry, it’s nearly impossible to resist the urge to eat delicious foods, no matter how unhealthy you know they are. That’s why it’s so important to eat foods that satisfy your hunger the healthy way. If you’re trying to stick with your healthy diet, here are the best hunger busting foods to have to keep your appetite and cravings in check:
Anything With Fiber
Fiber is a curious nutrient. There are two types of fiber: insoluble fiber, which acts like a scouring pad to cleanse your intestines, and soluble fiber, which absorbs water, fat, sugar, toxins, and cholesterols to be eliminated. Foods high in insoluble fiber will do a lot for your digestion, but it’s the soluble fiber foods that are the real hunger busters. The fiber essentially swells up, expanding to fill your stomach. You’ll find that you will feel full more quickly thanks to fiber-rich foods. Oats, whole grains, legumes, seeds, nuts, veggies, and fruits are all amazing sources of soluble and insoluble fiber. Make sure the bulk of your meal comes from these foods.
Any Healthy Fats
The truth is that most fats naturally found in food are healthy—it’s only the artificially produced fats and the trans fats produced by frying food that is truly bad for you. However, in this case, we’re talking about unsaturated fats, the type found in plant and nut foods. Coconut oil, olive oil, nuts, seeds, avocadoes, chia seeds, and fatty fish all contain a lot of these useful fats, which can help to shut down your cravings and even trigger better fat burning. The fats metabolize more slowly, so they take longer for your body to use, meaning you end up feeling full for longer.
Protein is an amazing source of amino acids, the nutrients that serve as the building blocks for new muscle tissue in your body. However, protein can also have a curious hunger-busting effect. Essentially, it can turn off the cravings triggered by high-carb and high-sugar foods. If you want to keep yourself from being hungry after meals or snacks, make sure that protein is the hero of that meal. Roughly 25 grams of protein per meal will be enough to shut down your cravings. Chicken, fish, cheese, beef, pork, turkey, cottage cheese, yoghurt, and even nuts will help to turn off your body’s demands for more food.
We’ve all heard the advice to drink more water to shut down our appetites. Well, it’s actually pretty solid advice! Liquids take up a lot of space in our stomachs and intestines until our bodies can absorb or eliminate them. The more water you drink throughout the day, the less likely you are to feel hungry between meals. But water isn’t the only liquid to drink! Tea and coffee can also suppress your appetite, and broth-based soups are an amazing addition to any diet. The more liquid you drink, the better!
Until recently, it was believed the saturated fat in dairy products was bad. No longer! Now, research has proven that the fats in cheese, yoghurt, milk, and cream will actually encourage better fat burning. Plus, the high fat content of dairy products will make you feel fuller more quickly, and you’ll stay full a great deal longer. They’re higher in calories than you might expect, but you’ll find that dairy products are an amazing addition to a healthy, balanced diet. After a meal or snack with a bit of dairy, you’ll be far less hungry or have fewer cravings!