fiber

7 Best Natural Appetite Suppressants

While appetite suppressant pills are a great solution for those who’ve chosen to get serious about committing to a healthy lifestyle, they’re only intended to help you stick to your weight loss goals for a few months. After the first pounds have been shed and you no longer need the pills, your diet should be supplying all of satiety for you, naturally. We recommend incorporating these seven super foods into your daily eats if you want to feel full, satisfied, and energetic, and continue your commitment to losing the weight for good.

1. Almonds

Just a handful of almonds have been shown to increase feelings of fullness in people and help with weight management. NPR says “the protein, the unsaturated fat composition, [and] the fiber” all very likely play a role. Also, almonds are low in carbs, which are notorious for appetite stimulation. The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating almonds in between meals was more suffecient when attempting to subdue cravings, compared with when people ate them as part of a bigger meal.

2. Avocados

According to Healwithfood.org, the oleic acid found in avocados can help naturally curb appetite. In the body, it is converted into OEA, a lipid hormone, which activates an area in the brain that increases the feeling of satiety and fullness. And they provide healthy monounsaturated fats!

3. Apples

An apple a day keeps the cravings away! For quite a few reasons. First, apples are chock full of fiber and pectin, both of which help you to feel full. Also, apples help to regulate your glucose and boost your energy level. Finally, apples require a lot of time to chew them, which actually helps you to slow down and give your body the time it needs to realize it’s no longer hungry.

4. Flaxseeds

A 2012 study at Harvard University showed that participants who ate flaxseed lost 37 percent more weight than participants who did not. Why? Most likely due to it’s high fiber and healthy fat content. Flaxseed also contains a mucilaginous fiber that slows your digestive process and promotes nutrient absorption. And they make a perfect, crunchy addition to yogurt, smoothies, and salads.

5. Tofu

Tofu isn’t just for vegetarians! The rich, plant-based protein source also contains an isoflavone called genistein, which has been shown to suppress appetite and lower food intake. If you’re unsure of how to incorporate tofu into your diet, try adding it in to your next healthy stir-fry.

6. Vegetable Juice

Vegetable juice offers a lot more to your diet than just a way to sneak in a serving of veggies. If you drink it before a meal, it’s likely you’ll end up eating 135 fewer calories! But make sure to look for the low sodium versions to avoid bloating.

7. Salmon

This one may come as a surprise, but when you eat fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, tuna and herring, your body increases production of leptin, a hormone known for suppressing hunger in your body! Here are some other facts about how omega-3s can help your health.

What foods help you feel full and fueled? Share with us in a comment!

Top 5 Healthy Sources of Fiber

When it comes to dropping pounds, feeling full can make it easier to cut back on the amount of calories you eat in a day. And when it comes to feeling full, fiber is your new best friend. It’s generally recommended to get 30-40 grams or more of fiber daily to promote weight loss; but the reality is that 60+ grams of fiber per day may be required in order to have highly significant effects in producing weight loss in overweight individuals.

But most Americans only get five to 15 grams of fiber per day! And that’s a problem. Fiber is essential for weight loss in more ways than just feeling full. It also slows digestion, which ultimately helps us to burn more calories. It also helps support colon health and regularity. And it has even been shown to lower our LDL “bad” cholesterol and help to ward off chronic illnesses and diseases.

Here are five excellent (and colorful!) sources of fiber:

1. Beans and legumes. Black, white, navy, kidney, red, lima— they all are super rich in fiber, not to mention protein, healthy carbs, antioxidants and other important nutrients such as iron, potassium, copper, zinc, magnesium and the B vitamins. Plus, they’re really affordable!

2. Fruits. Eating plenty of fresh, colorful fruits is one of the best ways to up the nutrient density of your fiber consumption. Aim for variety with apples, apricots, oranges, bananas, cantaloupe, grapefruit, mangoes, and pears. And eat the skins when you can/want to!

3. Berries. While berries are technically fruit, they’re worth noting separately. Blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries and strawberries have seeds and skin that contibute to their high fiber content. And they boast powerful benefits from antioxidants, too, especially the darker ones.

4. Nuts. Almonds, pistachios, pecans, walnuts, and cashews are fiber-filled and even pack some omega-3 fatty acids.

5. Vegetables. Veggies are truly essential for anyone who wants to eat healthy. Just like with fruit, choose a wide array of crunchy, fresh, colorful vegetables such as artichokes, broccoli, peas, avocados, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes and especially the leafy green vegetables like spinach.

Still don’t have enough? Fiber can also be taken as a supplement, usually a clear, tasteless powder or a chewable. Learn more about Weight Loss Supplements from our latest Tumblr post.

 

Where do you get your fiber? Any sources we didn’t think of? Let us know in a comment!