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6 Filling Foods to Boost Your Weight Loss Efforts

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

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Trying to lose weight?

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You already know what a challenge it can be – especially if you’re left feeling hungry due to reduced portion sizes or the loss of more filling foods in your diet, such as bread and pasta.

Fortunately, there are plenty of very healthy and very filling foods that you can eat that will not only boost your weight loss efforts, but can also ensure you don’t succumb to the temptation to snack due to feelings of hunger.

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1. Apples

apples

Pectin occurs in only a few fruits, including apples. What’s important about pectin is the fact that it can drastically slow down your body’s digestive system in addition to helping you to fill fuller. That, along with the high fiber content, makes apples a great food for weight loss.[1]

2. Potatoes

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Potatoes have a bit of a bad reputation, and while it’s true that you should avoid the many fried varieties out there, potatoes are a great and filling source of nutrition.

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While they do provide a lot of carbs, the fact that they’re packed with vitamins and other essential nutrients means they’re still a great choice for dieters.

In addition to plain tubers, you’ll find that red and purple potatoes are an amazing source of antioxidants[2].

Stick to a single baked potato with a negligible amount of topping for a delicious and filling meal option.

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3. Eggs

eggs

Another option that may surprise you – eggs have been at the center of the healthy food debate for years, but current evidence suggests that they definitely do more good than harm, so long as they are eaten in moderation[3].

They’re an incredible source of protein – crucial for weight loss – and the amino acids contained in eggs can help suppress hunger, making them a great choice.

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4. Greek Yogurt

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Dairy is an amazing weight loss tool that can boost your feelings of satiety, even when consumed in smaller amounts.

Greek yogurt in particular is incredibly healthy, as the process of making it doubles the amount of protein while drastically reducing its sugar content[4].

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Many sources say that yogurt – especially low-sugar options such as Greek yogurt – helps you to burn fat faster.

5. Popcorn

popcorn

This one may come as a bit of a surprise, especially if your idea of popcorn is a movie theater snack covered in butter. But air-popped popcorn with no butter and salt (or just a small amount for flavor) takes up a lot of space in your stomach.

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Three full cups of popcorn only add up to about 90 calories, and is more than enough to sate your snacking needs – even more satiating than potato chips, according to some studies[6].

If you find yourself in need of a snack to stay full throughout the day, popcorn is a great weight loss option.

Just make sure you don’t eat the microwaveable kind.

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6. Oatmeal

oatmeal

This breakfast favorite is great for weight loss for a number of reasons.

First, it’s high in fiber, which naturally leads to feelings of fullness and satiety.

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Second, it expands and fills up a lot of space when it absorbs liquid, which takes up more room in your stomach.

Studies have shown oats are incredible at promoting satiety and good health[6].

Just a small to average sized amount of oatmeal in the morning – or even as a snack – can help you feel full for hours.

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