Anybody who has ever followed a new weight-loss meal plan will tell you that the most challenging part is overcoming feelings of hunger. How long you feel full is determined by what you eat and how much you eat, as well as a bunch of other internal factors. How filling a particular food is, is determined by its energy density, fibre content, protein content, Glycaemic Index, fat content and how fast you eat. Meaning it’s not how much you eat, it’s what you eat! If you find yourself reaching for unhealthy snacks every afternoon, here are 5 healthy foods that can help you keep hunger at bay.
Potatoes contain a high water content as well as a moderate amount of protein and fibre, making them ideal for hungry herbivores. They’re also versatile; potatoes can be eaten with their skins on, baked or boiled, to increase your fibre content and keep you feeling full. Pleasantly surprising, potatoes are a great weight-loss food!
A great source of high-quality protein, eggs can be enjoyed on wholegrain or rye toast for added fibre, making them the perfect breakfast, lunch or even dinner meal. Or, if you’re looking for a healthy snack, a boiled egg can be a great treat on its own before or after a workout to beat hunger pangs in their tracks.
Nuts are a good source of protein and healthy fats. Snack on a small handful in between meals to keep hunger at bay. What’s more, if eaten with carbohydrate-laden foods almonds also help to reduce the Glycaemic Index of the meal, making them perfect for weight loss.
A medium apple contains around 17 percent of your recommend daily fibre intake and a low Glycaemic Index, and its convenience means you can munch on it between meetings and meals. For the ultimate hunger-suppressing snack, combine a few slices of apple with a tablespoon of peanut butter.