Foods That Will Help Curb Your Hunger & Aid In Weight Loss

By: Sripriya Satish

Keeping hunger pangs at bay is essential for achieving weight loss goals. But what about your energy level?

If you skip your meals regularly, your energy level goes for a toss. So having healthy foods and at the same time keeping a check on the foods that curb your hunger is important if you are looking at losing weight.

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Instead of munching away junk foods when your stomach growls, it is always better to resort to those healthier foods that can curb your appetite and make weight management look easier.

Have a quick peek at these foods which are listed below and see how they can make you stay away from those unhealthy fast foods.

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1. Oats:

It is a known fact that oats are heart healthy foods but do we know that they are effective in keeping our hunger cravings reduced?

Let us see how! Topping the list of high-fibre foods is oats which helps in creating a feeling of fullness for a longer time. For your information, according to weight management experts, a half cup of oats is packed with 5 grams of fibre thus making it longer for this food to get digested.

Also, the hunger controlling hormone called ‘choleccystokinin' is very effectively regulated by oats, thereby extending the time limits between two consecutive meals without any hunger pangs.

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2. Nuts:

Nuts can form a very nutritious diet that can undoubtedly form a very effective hunger suppressant.

Let us see how! Several researchers have cited the fact that the monounsaturated fats packed in nuts, especially almonds, is responsible for keeping the hunger cravings at bay.

Also, since nuts, in general, are rich in fibre, they are very slow in getting digested and can easily make you achieve your weight loss goals.

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3. Dark Chocolates:

Till a few decades ago chocolates were considered very unhealthy by the common mass. But now, dark chocolates have proved them all wrong!

Let us see how! Researchers have shown that the consumption of food rate is slow after eating this dark coloured magic. It is because this bitter tasting chocolate tends to decrease the hunger hormone called ‘ghrelin' which is responsible for passing hunger signals to our system thus reducing our urge to reach out for food.

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4. Flaxseeds:

Flaxseeds are an excellent source to control or decrease our hunger. The fact that it can easily be added to our diet by just sprinkling on our food like smoothies or salads makes it even more inviting to reach out for them as part of our weight loss program and reduce our hunger cravings.

Let us see how! Now, flaxseeds have a high fibre content. For your information, 30 grams of flaxseeds have a whopping 8 grams of fibre which results in slow digestion and the increase in sugar levels in our body is relatively slow.

This leads to the retarded secretion of hunger hormones which in turn reduces frequent hunger pangs.

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5. Quinoa:

Quinoa can be an interesting part of our diet plan. Being able to contribute to your overall health, this grain can also act as an excellent hunger suppressant.

Let us see how! Quinoa is also called a complete grain as it is the power house of nutrients. Being rich in protein, vitamin B, fibre and complex carbohydrates this super grain can hold a lot of water thus making us feel full for a long time.

Unlike its counterparts like barley and brown rice, it is easier to cook, that is, its cooking time is barley 15 minutes. This quality of quinoa makes it even more attractive to include it in our diet.

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6. Apple:

As the saying goes ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away', it can also be put in this way as ‘an apple a day, keeps obesity at bay'.

Let us see how! Ursolic acid and pectin are abundantly found in apples which effectively controls hunger pangs. By consuming an apple 30 minutes before food can make you eat less thus helping in weight management.

Read more about: weight loss, foods, hunger
Story first published: Monday, August 7, 2017, 12:30 [IST]
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