Four Super-Filling Foods
Last week, I cracked open the September issue of Glamour and discovered a story I’d written—and totally forgotten about! Luckily, it’s a topic near and dear to my heart: yummy, decidedly un-diet foods that fill you up. Of the eight included in the story, here are the four I personally turn to regularly to stave off hunger and keep my portions in check:
For just 70 calories, an egg delivers more than 6 grams of protein, says Shelley McGuire, Ph.D., a spokesperson for the American Society for Nutrition. One study found that women who ate eggs for breakfast lost more weight than those who had bagels with the same number of calories, possibly because all that protein kept their hunger in check. The egg eaters reported more energy too!
Studies show that foods containing a lot of water can keep you feeling full. And when you start a meal with soup, you activate brain signals that begin to tell you you’ve had enough to eat—so that by the time you finish your second course, you’ll be satisfied. “Go for a broth-based bowl with fiber-rich veggies like celery and spinach,” says Amy Jamieson-Petonic, R.D.
Seventeen grams of protein in a 6-ounce container (that’s more than you get in four slices of turkey!) means major hunger control.
All that filling fiber (4 grams per half-cup serving in the old-fashioned variety; 3 grams in the instant) helps this breakfast stick to your ribs. It also provides a surprising 4 to 7 grams of protein (the steel-cut kind typically has the most)—and that’s before you add milk. For extra staying power, toss in blueberries, which have 4 grams of fiber per cup.
For more filling food ideas—and four foods that will make you hungry (like cereal!), head over to Glamour.com.