10 Filling Foods For Weight Loss

  • 1. Figs

    These pint sized fruits packed full of natural sweetness are also a great source of fiber. For instance, one fig clocks about 37 calories and 1 gram of fiber to stall the release of sugar into the blood steam and prevent hunger cravings from spiking shortly following meals.

  • 2. Eggs

    This no brainer on our list. Eggs, aka the “complete protein,” contain nine essential amino acids necessary to suppress the appetite -- telling your brain you’ve reached maximum capacity, reports The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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  • 3. Apples

    Apples contain pectin, a secret weapon when it comes to slowing digestion and creating a feeling of hunger satisfaction. According to nutritionists at Tufts University, eating a whole apple is more filling than the equivalent amount of fruit in juice.

  • 4. Greek Yogurt

    According to a study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Greek yogurt is the single best food for shedding pounds. Furthermore, researchers found that higher consumption of yogurt was associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.

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  • 5. Avocado

    Another food rich in dietary fiber, the Nutrition Journal states that this velvety soft fruit will fill you up and prevent hunger cravings, while reducing inflammation in the body -- lowering the risk of arthritis.

  • 6. Potatoes

    Although spuds get a bad rap (when fried), when boiled, baked, or grilled this starch will keep you full for about the same duration as brown rice or whole wheat bread—at far less carbohydrates than both.

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  • 7. Beans

    Beans fill you as they absorb a lot of water during the cooking process — for example, when incorporated in stews, soups and sauces. They’re also high in fiber and a great source of resistant starch – a class of carbohydrate that delays the release of sugar into the bloodstream, in turn creating the feeling you're full.

  • 8. Almonds

    Tonia Reinhard, a registered dietitian and author of Superfoods, credits a 1-ounce serving of this perfect snack (that’s roughly 22 nuts) with keeping your appetite satisfied.

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  • 9. Lemons

    Although the verdict is still out on drinking lemon water to increase weight loss, several studies show that lemons help improve the pH balance in the intestines. As a result, digestion and bowel movements improve -- overall lessening hunger cravings and creating a sliming affect.

  • 10. Pears

    Pears are packed with fiber—to the tune of roughly 6 grams per fruit, according to a study from Washington State University. Packed with a healthy dose of antioxidants, the findings claimed pears improve healthy gut bacteria in the colon, preventing Type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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Struggling to stay on the straight and narrow of dieting? Feeling drained? While exercise and rest are key elements to reaching your weight loss goals, keeping hunger in check (by consuming the right foods) is just as important. After all, the less ravenous you are, the better decisions you’ll make.

So, in an effort to assist you along your weight loss journey, we’ve compiled a list of 10 filling foods, high in protein and fiber, sure to keep you satisfied longer.