Foods to Prevent Overeating
Believe it or not, there are a lot of foods out there that can help you lose weight. With the right combination of foods, you can burn more calories digesting certain foods, than gaining them. Most of those foods are green (Yay, Vegetables!), however I know not everyone is a big fan of veggies.
The complaint that I hear most often is that they don’t fill you up. Well, here are some foods that you can have to augment those tasty greens that will help curb that hunger.
Avocados are filled with fiber and mono-saturated fats. In other words, they are good for you (in moderation) and they fill you up. I suggest grabbing some whole grain tortilla chips or crackers and making your own guacamole.
Vinegar/Vinaigrette and Cinnamon
Both vinegar and cinnamon help regulate your blood sugar. So if you flavor your foods with either, you can help keep your blood sugar under control and you will feel full longer. If you want a salad for lunch but you know that you’re always hunger afterward, try a vinaigrette instead of ranch dressing.
Raspberries and Pears
Raspberries have that rich crimson or carmine color which means that it’s chock full of antioxidants. It’s also heavy on the fiber (just like pears). While I don’t recommend going overboard with the fruit (they’re still packed with sugar), I still think that fruits are a much healthier choice than a sleeve of Oreos. Opt for a medium sized pear and a half cup of raspberries for a fresh, healthy snack.
Go Green or Orange
Green and orange vegetables contain about 90% water, which means they’ll fill you up with water before they fill you up with fat. If you’re hungry for a snack, try some carrot sticks and hummus. If you want a healthy breakfast that will stick with you, try a “mean green shake” made with kale or spinach.
Speaking of Hummus
Beans are a great source of fiber, which will help fill you up and make you feel full longer. Hummus is made of chickpeas. Whole grains help fill you up also, for the same reason. So grab some whole grain crackers to dip in your roasted red pepper hummus for a snack that tastes great and keeps you satisfied.
Drink more water
Okay, okay. It’s not technically a food. However, drinking more water will help you feel full. It will take up some space in your stomach. So before you reach for something to eat (whether it’s a snack or a meal), drink a full eight ounce glass of water first.