Making sure you restrict your calories so that you can lose weight can sometimes be tough, especially when you’re hungry all the time.
But did you know that the foods you choose can make a huge impact on your hunger levels?
Two cups of food “A” can be twice as filling as food “B”, while containing the same exact calories.
So why choose foods that aren’t filling and only keep you hungry?
Here are 5 foods you need to start filling up on if you want to lose weight:
1) All Kinds of Veggies
It cannot be stated enough that vegetables are king for fat loss.
These are the least calorically dense foods you can possibly eat, due to their fiber & water content, so make sure to eat TONS of vegetables. Carrots, celery, lettuce, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage – have them all!
Have them raw, boiled, steamed, or microwaved, but avoid frying or sautéing them, as to avoid doubling or tripling their calorie content with oils.
2) Certain Fruits
2nd place for the most filling foods goes to certain fruits (but certainly not every fruit!)
Fruits have similar water & fiber contents as vegetables due, but contain a little bit more sugar, hence why they’re not number one.
Strawberries, apples, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, & oranges are all fruits that are fairly low in calories & are quite filling.
Dried fruits such as raisins and apricot, and other fruits such as bananas, aren’t too great as they contain lots of sugar.
3) Lean Meats & Fish
Protein is a macronutrient that will keep you full and help your body recover from your workouts, so you better get plenty of it.
Meat & fish are excellent sources of protein, but only if it’s lean.
Ribeye steak has lots of protein, but lots of fat too, making it a not-so-great choice for meat. Salmon falls under the same category – plenty of protein AND fat.
Chicken breast, turkey, lean cuts of beef, tilapia, cod, & shrimp are all very lean protein sources.
4) Plain Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is another great protein source, that also happens to be relatively low in calories – plus, it tends to have much less lactose (the stuff in milk that people are allergic to) compared to plain ol’ milk.
Going plain with greek yogurt is an excellent way to fill up without all the added sugars.
Plus, the tart flavor of yogurt tends to become too much for people, so there’s only so much you can eat before you don’t feel like eating anymore!
5) Soups & Broths
Soups & broths are amazing staples for fat loss, because they contain lots of water!
Chicken soup, beef stew, vegetable broth – these are all great to consume if you want to lose weight.
Stay away from the other soups that contain lots of fatty ingredients, however, such as cream of mushroom, cream of broccoli, or french onion soup.
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