No, I’m sorry chocolate isn’t on this list
I am currently cutting (losing weight) and as I get deeper into my cut, I have started to lower my calories more, which I find hard as I love food! Who doesn’t?
One of the main reasons my cut has been so successful so far is because I have been controlling my diet well and have been making the right food choices.
No I haven’t been taking any sort of ‘special, magical weight loss foods’ as they don’t exist.
If your goal is to lose or gain weight, it all comes down to how well you’re controlling your energy balance. For more information on this- Calories in V. Calories out
If you wish to, you can eat anything as part of your weight loss diet, as long as it fits into your calorie targets for the day, some foods are generally better than others.
By better I mean that they are more filling, and satisfying, calorie for calorie.
By eating more low-calorie foods you’ll feel like you’re eating more, your stomach will feel fuller, leading to you being more satisfied.
So here are some of the foods I have been incorporating into my diet more as I get deeper into my cut, these are my personal favourite low-calorie filling foods that you can use as part of your diet.
The potato is a great option compared to other carb sources such as; pasta, rice, cereals, etc. If you’re looking to maximize volume with as few calories as possible.
One of the best things about having potatoes in your diet is that they will keep you feeling full and satisfied, making you less likely to overeat or binge eat.
1 medium baked potato without the skin:
- Calories: 120
- Carbs: 28
- Protein: 3 grams
- Fat: 0 grams
- Fibre: 2 grams
Watermelon tastes great, is refreshing and there is only 90 calories in 2 whole cups!
Also now that summer is here/fast approaching it becomes an even better option.
2 cups of watermelon:
- Calories: 90
- Carbs: 23 grams
- Protein: 2 grams
- Fat: 0.5 grams
- Fibre: 1.5 grams
I have porridge every day for breakfast, and to be honest is my favourite meal of the day! You can top it with whatever fruit you want, personally I top it with strawberries, which is another brilliant low-calorie food.
The reason it’s so filling is because, it contains a filling blend of complex carbs, protein, fibre, and water.
This always keeps me going throughout the morning and stops me snacking before my lunch.
1 cup of cooked porridge:
- Calories: 150
- Carbs: 22 grams
- Protein: 6 grams
- Fat: 2.5 grams
- Fibre: 4 grams
In 3 cups of popcorn there are only around 100-120 calories, obviously that is if it isn’t covered in butter!
What a lot of people don’t realise as well is that its also relatively high in fibre, which helps keep you feeling full.
Popcorn is also great to control cravings, and if your like me you have a massive sweet tooth so this really helps.
3 cups of popcorn (unbuttered):
- Calories: 100-120
- Carbs: 16 grams
- Protein: 2 grams
- Fat: 3 grams
- Fibre: 3 grams
5. Egg whites
Along with porridge, egg whites are a staple in my diet come breakfast time. But let’s be honest I know egg whites are not as tasty as whole eggs, but they have basically no fat, are high in protein, and with some good seasonings they’ll taste just as good.
What makes them even more beneficial is that, the type of protein in egg whites is slow digesting, which will help keep hunger at bay for longer after you have eaten them.
1 cup of egg whites:
- Calories: 125
- Protein: 26 grams
- Fat: 0.5 grams
- Carbs: 2 grams
- Fibre: 0 grams
There you have it, just a few of the foods I include in my day-to-day diet, that are helping me feel fuller for longer.
Thank you for reading, I hope this helps.
If you have your own favourite low-calorie, filling foods, be sure to comment down below and let me know.