According to some experts, counting calories is important but not necessarily the best approach to losing weight. One of the most helpful ways to drop the pounds is to eat foods that make one feel full without giving adding lots of fat and calories.
Being satiated and satisfied will help one lose weight and keep it off. Low calorie, low fat, nutrition dense foods also make one healthier too.
The obesity researcher Dr. James Stubbs, along with nutrition and dietician colleagues at SlimmingWorld a weight loss program based in the UK, studied the science of satiety in relation to food composition. They identified the top 10 most satisfying foods to help people slim down.
In an emailed press release, Stubbs is quoted as saying, "Eating regular, filling meals using foods that are low in energy density and are high in satiety avoids the need to have to weigh and measure everything. This is the key to successful long term weight loss, because it gets you into new healthier habits and knowing which foods help (or hinder) most, makes it so much easier.”
According to Stubbs, foods which induce a feeling of fullness are typically:
• Low in fat
• High in protein and complex carbohydrates
• High in fiber
• High in volume and low in energy density
• High in moisture content
10 Most Filling Foods
Skinless chicken and turkey are high in protein, which is the most satiating macronutrient.
2. Lean meat
Extra lean beef mince (less than 5 percent fat) or ham with all visible fat removed are mostly protein, while much of the muscle tissue is water and highly satiating.
Fresh fish, scallops, and canned salmon or tuna in water are very high in protein and almost fat free.
4. Potatoes with skins
Potatoes are complex carbohydrates and are digested and absorbed slower than simple sugars. When boiled, they also absorb a lot of water, making them more filling. Leaving the skins on means that the fiber content is higher too. Sweet potatoes are a good alternative.