One of the biggest dieting obstacles is finding low calorie foods that will satisfy your hunger. It’s hard to be successful on a diet long term when you constantly feel hungry.
Luckily, there are certain foods out there that are low calorie and will help you feel fuller longer. This will stop you from overeating and make it a lot easier to take in less calories in a day than you burn, which is how you lose weight.
First of all, the foods you want to avoid are “calorie dense” foods. Examples would be chips, crackers, cookies, and many other processed foods. It’s easy to consume a large portion of calories from these foods and they don’t provide much, if any nutrients.
These are good foods to avoid for health reasons just as much as for weight loss reasons.
So what are some low-calorie foods that will fill you up?
Foods rich in water will add weight and volume without adding calories. These include fruits, vegetables and soups. Try incorporating more of these foods into your daily diet and eat them at the beginning of the meal to take the edge off your hunger.
Foods high in fiber should be a staple in any healthy diet. Besides the many health benefits, fiber keeps you feeling fuller longer by slowing gastric emptying, thus keeping foods in your stomach longer.
Fruit is a great source of nutrients, can satisfy even the sweetest tooth and is a low-calorie food that makes you feel full. The fructose in fruit refills liver glycogen leaving you feeling less hungry.
Make sure you’re getting enough protein rich foods in your diet. A 4oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast only has 100 calories but packs a whopping 23 grams of protein. Studies show that protein will leave you feeling fuller in the short term longer than either fat or carbs.
Adding these types of low-calorie foods to your daily diet will not only help fill you up and help you lose weight, but will also have a positive impact on your health.
Ok, so you know how many calories to eat and the right types of foods to help you stay healthy and full, now let’s look at a sample meal plan to see exactly what a healthy low calorie diet looks like. You might be surprised by how much food you can eat while only taking in a minimal amount of calories! Check out the sample meal plan by clicking below.