When trying to slim down, it’s important to fuel and nourish your body with foods that will help you feel full and nourished while also while promoting your weight loss efforts. The following 8 foods are a great options for filling up while slimming down!
Apples: In addition to being tasty, crunchy and sweet, apples are also loaded with fiber, helping you feel full and satisfied. Apples are also low in calories, providing a boost to your full-belly, weight loss efforts.
Lean Protein: Because it takes your body longer to break down protein and convert it into energy, research shows that protein works in ways similar to fiber; it helps you feel fuller longer so you are less likely to eat high-calorie junk foods that your body doesn’t need.
Cacao: In addition to providing the body with antioxidants, cacao also boosts serotonin in the brain, which increases feelings of happiness and calm. The magnesium found in cacao is nature’s ‘anti-stress’ mineral, helping you feel balanced and nourished.
Hemp Seeds: Seeds in general, such as chia or flax, are excellent food sources that can help you feel full while boosting weight loss efforts, but hemp seeds in particular have a slightly higher amounts of protein and fiber. They’re also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, making this tiny seed a wonderfully healthy way to keep hunger at bay while slimming the body down.
Eggs: Considered one of natures most ‘perfect’ foods, eggs are a good source of protein, healthy fats, AND all 9 essential amino acids that your body needs but can’t make itself. A study published in the journalNutrition Research found that eating eggs at breakfast helped people feel less hungry while also stabilizing their blood sugar levels and helping them eat fewer calories over the course of the day.
Lemons (And/Or Citrus Fruit): Not just for flavoring water or enhancing fish entrees, lemons may help you fight off hunger cravings. Fresh lemon juice also alkalizes the body, helping the liver metabolize fat and flush toxins from the liver.
Nuts: Although nuts are high in healthy fat, it’s wise to exercise moderation when snacking on these nutrition powerhouses. Loaded with protein and fiber, even just a tiny amount can help curb hunger, helping to fill up while slimming down.
Homemade Soups: Though broth-based soups are usually considered ‘healthiest’, homemade soups made with a coconut milk cream base can be just as satisfying and slim-body friendly. Making your own soups leaves you in control of the ingredients and sodium content, so load them up with fresh vegetables for plenty of fiber and sneak some protein in by adding lentils, seeds or avocado!
So eat up and slim down! Happy, healthy eating!