Following an eating plan for weight loss can feel frustrating. You know that you need to consume fewer calories, and burn more through exercise, in order to lose weight. But “consuming fewer calories” feels, to some people, like they’re going hungry. And obviously, no one will stick to an eating plan for very long when it makes them miserable!
What you need are healthy, low-calorie foods that are also filling. When you feel satisfied, you’re less likely to give into cravings for unhealthy fare. Plus, you’ll feel much happier with your eating plan, and you’re more likely to stick with it for the long term.
In particular, you should look for foods that are high in fiber, protein, and water. This way you can consume fewer calories per meal, while still walking away satiated.
The protein in these foods will digest slowly, keeping your blood sugar levels even and preventing crashes (and cravings). Meanwhile, the fiber expands like a sponge in your digestive tract, making you feel full for longer times between meals.
- Potatoes (of course, they might pack too many calories when you smother them in butter and cheese)
- Chicken (just remember to roast or grill it, so you don’t add calories)
- Cottage cheese or ricotta
- Green yogurt
- Chia seeds
- Oatmeal (watch out for added sugar)
- Broccoli, cauliflower, or other cruciferous veggies
The above are just some examples of nutritious foods that are also filling. Remember to look for options that are high in fiber, protein, and water, while steering clear of added sugar, white flour, or excessive fats (some fat, especially unsaturated fat, is acceptable).
For more information on putting together an eating plan that helps you lose weight, give us a call. We can discuss your body type, screen you for underlying health conditions, help you set healthy goals, and create a medical weight loss diet that works for you.