How to Feel Full While Still Losing Weight
Many people who are concerned about losing weight often try cutting back on their portion sizes, but are still hungry after eating. This is because you feel full according to how much food you eat, not necessarily how many calories you consume. Therefore, if you replace some higher-calorie foods with foods low-calorie foods high in water and fiber, you can still eat enough food to feel full while at the same time losing weight
Generally, foods with a high percentage of water and fiber have fewer calories but still make you feel full. When trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy lifestyle, it is important to choose the following types of foods more often than higher-calorie and higher-fat foods:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Whole grains
- Beans and peas (legumes)
- Low fat dairy products
- Lean meats
When choosing these foods, remember that adding additional oil or sugar adds a significant amount of calories. Try preparing foods in ways that do not involve adding additional fats, such as choosing to steam vegetables instead of stir-frying them, and be sure to check labels of packaged or canned foods for added calories, such as canned fruits packed in sugar syrup instead of in water or fruit juice.
Remember that sometimes when your body feels hungry, you may simply be dehydrated. Health experts recommend drinking eight cups of water each day to alleviate food cravings and increase your energy. Salty foods can increase dehydration and thus make people feel like they are hungry when they actually just need water. Drink a glass of water before snacks or meals to help you feel more full and eat less. Remember that sodas and other sugary drinks, even juice, can add a significant amount of the calories you are trying to cut out in the first place, so limit your intake.