20 Foods That Suppress Your Appetite

Eating well-balanced meals and snacks are both important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. But whether it’s because you find yourself mindlessly snacking or because your meals aren’t keeping you as full as you’d like, sometimes you need something to keep you from rummaging through the pantry. Here are 15 appetite-suppressing foods that keep you feeling full!

1. Nuts
Nuts don’t just contain healthy fats to help keep your cholesterol low—they are also good sources of appetite-killing fiber, which digests slowly so it stays in your stomach much longer than other carbohydrates. A 1/4 cup of almonds, for example, contains four grams of fiber.

2. Oatmeal
Stay fuller longer with a bowl of oatmeal; half a cup of rolled oats contains five grams of fiber. Besides that, oatmeal can help increase your body’s levels of the appetite-regulating hormone cholecystokinin, which may help control hunger in some people.

3. Apples
An apple makes an ideal morning or afternoon snack; the fruit is a great source of fiber to keep you feeling full, and its high water content helps fill your belly as well. Apples also contain pectin, which can help prevent blood sugar spikes that spur hunger. Find out more reasons why apples should be part of your weight-loss plan here.

4. Spices
Studies have shown that spicy food can help keep you fuller longer as well as increase metabolism. A recent study, for example, found that people ate 60 fewer calories (and burned about 10 more) when cayenne pepper was added to their tomato soup (compared with those who ate non-spiced soup).

5. Mint
The smell of mint is not only calming but is also an effective appetite suppressant. Try burning a mint-flavored candle or drinking mint tea if you are trying to cut back on oversnacking.

6. Avocado

Avocados are full of healthy monounsaturated fats, which help keep you full. Add half an avocado to a slice of toast for a breakfast that’ll keep you full until lunch (get the full avocado toast recipe here!).

7. Edamame

A 1/2 cup of edamame is only 95 calories but contains over eight grams of protein, making the baby soy beans a good snacking choice.

8. Leafy Greens

High water content and fiber also help leafy vegetables fill your stomach. Try thisshredded kale and brussels sprout salad for your next lunch.

9. Flaxseeds

Another great source of appetite-suppressing omega-3s, one tablespoon of flaxseeds contains 2.3 grams of omega-3s, not to mention three grams of stomach-filling fiber. Flaxseeds are also a good source of omega-6 fatty acids, which may increase levels of the appetite-suppressing hormone cholecystokinin.

10. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3s, protein, and fiber — all of which can help suppress hunger. Some people swear by chia seeds as a diet tool, since the seeds swell with water to fill your stomach, but this theory is mostly unsubstantiated.

11. Eggs

Another protein-packed food are eggs, which studies have shown can help you control your appetite for up to 36 hours.

12. Yogurt

Another excellent source of protein, yogurt has the added benefit of its fat-burning potential. Choose low- or nonfat Greek yogurt for added protein potential, and read more reasons to eat yogurt here.

13. Coffee

Some studies have found that caffeine may suppress your appetite for a short time, although the effects haven’t been shown with long-term consumption.

14. Lemon

Eating something sour can help curb sweet cravings, helping you feel satisfied after a meal. Try this lemon chia vinaigrette recipe on your next salad to control overeating.

15. Vinegar

Studies have shown that vinegar may help keep you from feeling hungry byslowing stomach emptying; it also lowers the glycemic index of high-carb foods like pasta, which means it can help you feel fuller longer by slowing the release of glucose into your bloodstream. Some people swear by drinking apple cider vinegar every day because it’s also rich in vitamins and can aid in digestion, among many other uses, but even incorporating vinegar into a meal (like a vinaigrette for your salad) can help reap its benefits.

16. Soup

Studies have shown that people who ate soup as an appetizer ended up eating less throughout their meal. Just make sure you choose a broth-based soup over a high-fat creamy version.

17. Water

Sometimes a craving can be quelled with just a glass of water, and it can also keep you hydrated as well (in fact, drinking water before you eat is a good practice, since sometimes people confuse dehydration with hunger). If a glass of water isn’t cutting it, eating a snack featuring fruits and vegetables that have a high water content like apples (which are good sources of fiber as well), watermelon, or cucumbers can have the same effect.

18. Beans

Beans are a low-calorie source of fiber and protein, so they are a good choice if you’re looking to stay full. Sneak some beans into your smoothies, burgers, and more with these recipes to help control between-meal hunger.

19. Green Tea

Drinking hot water can help keep you full, and not only that, green tea may also help increase your levels of the appetite-regulating-hormone cholecystokinin.

20. Salmon

Besides being a good source of lean protein, salmon (as with other types of seafood) is a good source of omega-3s. Studies have shown that omega-3s can help increase satiety, and further research suggests that eating omega-3s may help reduce food reward cues.

Published on July 17th, 2013
By Leta Shy for POPSUGAR Fitness

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