When Randy and Roy tell you that they are losing weight by eating a calorie deficit (eating less calories than burning daily), they don’t mean they are starving themselves. It simply means they are taking a sensible approach to portions while eating a well-balanced nutrition meal. Now to start watching those calories, we found so low-calorie foods that are still filling! No one should EVER feel “starved” when trying to cut down the weight. Look for these items next time you go shopping:
- Oats – A 1/2-cup (40-gram) serving of dry oats has just 148 calories but packs 5.5 grams of protein and 3.8 grams of fiber — both of which can have a significant impact on your hunger and appetite
- Greek Yogurt – Though the exact numbers vary between brands and flavors, a 2/3-cup serving of Greek yogurt typically provides about 130 calories and 11 grams of protein.
- Soup – Though soup is often dismissed as little more than a light and simple side dish, it can be very satisfying. In fact, some research suggests that soups may be more filling than solid foods — even if they have the same ingredients. In study of 60 people, eating soup prior to a meal decreased total calorie intake at lunch by an impressive 20%. Keep in mind that creamy soups and chowders — while filling — may also be high in calories.
- Eggs – Eggs are extremely nutrient-dense, as they’re low in calories but rich in many vital nutrients. A single large egg has approximately 72 calories, 6 grams of protein and a wide array of important vitamins and minerals.
- Popcorn – Thanks to its high fiber content, popcorn tops the charts as one of the most filling low-calorie snacks. Though there are only 31 calories in 1 cup (8 grams) of air-popped popcorn, it boasts 1.2 grams of dietary fiber — up to 5% of your daily fiber needs. Now don’t smother the popcorn in butter!