Some foods just stimulate your appetite and practically encourage you to eat more.
Remember back when we could go to restaurants for a leisurely sit-down meal? We’d eat as many breadsticks as they put in front of us. Gobbling them down like our last meal was a month ago.
Well, it turns out there are some “anti-breadsticks” choices out there too. Or foods that do the opposite, suppress your appetite and help you to eat LESS. But, unfortunately, many of them have been mistakenly placed on the naughty list.
These “forbidden” foods are often the ones you LOVE the most. But because we’ve been told they’re bad for us, we avoid them or feel guilt every time we indulge.
We were all harassed into switching to low-fat milk, for example. But the truth is full-fat dairy is far more filling. In fact, people tend to eat LESS after drinking it.
Plus, the low-fat varieties have a higher sugar concentration. This is why it’s no surprise that folks who drink low-fat milk tend to weigh MORE than those of us who secretly sip on the real deal version.
4 “bad for you” foods that are GOOD for suppressing appetite
But full-fat milk isn’t the only appetite-suppressing fill you up food that’s gotten an undeserved bad reputation. Following are four more so-called “bad for you” foods that are anything but.
In fact, not only are they NOT unhealthy, they could help you eat less, so you end up weighing less.
For years, eggs got a bad rap for having too much fat and cholesterol. Now, the mainstream has (ahem) egg on its face, admitting they’re good for you after all.
Research has shown time and again eggs aren’t bad for your heart health. (I cracked the case right here.) Plus, they also contain just the right balance of proteins and fats to leave you feeling full and satisfied.
In one study, volunteers given eggs for breakfast ate less food at lunch than volunteers given a carb-heavy breakfast with the same number of calories. And over the full day, the ones who had eggs had less of an appetite after and ate 18 percent less.
In another study, dieters who were given eggs for breakfast lost 65 percent more weight than dieters who had a bagel with the same number of calories.
People think weight control is about nibbling on seeds and salads. But basic biology says otherwise.
You need PROTEIN, including the protein you’ll get from some of your favorite foods such as red meat, poultry, and fish.
A 2005 study found increasing protein from 15 percent of daily intake to 30 percent CUT total calorie intake. While a 2011 study found eating MORE protein led to better appetite control in obese men.
Beef, in particular, is near the top of the “Satiety Index” created by Australian researchers. It’s 76 percent more filling than those breadsticks I mentioned earlier.
You’d have to be nuts not to love nuts (unless you’ve got an allergy, of course).
Yet many people avoid them for the same reason they avoid eggs. They’ve been warned nuts are too high in fat and calories.
But as with eggs, those are GOOD calories and GOOD fats. They’re not only healthy but also filling. They suppress your appetite, helping you to feel fuller and eat less overall.
Remember when they told everyone to cook with vegetable oil instead of natural fats such as butter? BIG mistake.
Vegetable oils can raise inflammation levels. Plus, many were leading sources of dangerous trans fats before the ban (and even now can contain hidden levels of trans fats).
But there’s another “alternative” to butter and other healthy oils such as olive oil that’s worth keeping around. And of course, it’s one the mainstream warns you away from. It’s coconut oil.
This healthy oil not only ISN’T dangerous. It’s loaded with medium-chain triglycerides that can help suppress appetite, so you eat less overall.
Here’s a bonus tip: If you like it spicy, feel free to add hot sauce to anything and everything. It doesn’t just add a spicy bite to your food.
It can also help set your metabolism on fire, so you burn off fat. And that’s in addition to being a terrific natural appetite suppressant of its own.