Filling diet

Don’t Let Your Diet Leave You Hungry

 

When most of us talk about diets, we automatically think about eating less. If your regular diet involves consuming multiple high-calorie meals a day, then a healthier diet would normally involve cutting down. However, cutting down doesn’t have to leave you hungry, and eating a balanced, filling diet is important for your health. Eating filling, but healthy food therefore can help you to eat better, and keep those hunger pangs at bay for more food you don’t need.

 

Eating a more filling diet: healthy foods that will leave you full

 

Knowing what to eat for a nutritional, filling diet is important if you want to lose or maintain your weight or to get healthy. Rather than reaching for typical filling foods like bread and sweet treats, there are some great suggestions for better, more nutritional foods to add to your diet, including:

 

Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are the perfect filling food to enjoy at lunch or dinner time. They are very low in carbohydrates which makes them ideal for food swaps with regular potatoes. They are more nutritional than carb-filled foods such as bread and offer vitamins and fibre as well as other benefits. Why not oven bake them (or microwave if you’re short on time) and add your favourite filling to have as a baked sweet potato? Using a low-fat spread, an oil spray or other alternative to butter can make them a healthier part of your diet, and keep you feeling full hours after eating.

 

Oats

Eating porridge in the morning is going to fill you up for much longer than sugary cereals or a piece of toast, and with so many takeaway pots and sachets available, it’s even easier to prepare in the morning. Oats are full of protein and fibre and you can add fruit and nuts to make a nutrition-packed breakfast. If you’re cutting down on milk, you can swap to tasty almond or soy milk which have a lower fat content than regular cow’s milk, plus they taste great!

 

Pistachios

Nuts are a great source of protein but they can have quite high fat content too, which means they need to be eaten in moderation. Pistachios however are lower in fat and calories compared to almonds or peanuts, meaning you can eat almost twice the amount, which will help you feel fuller. Keep a portion at your desk to munch on throughout the day and help keep those snack cravings at bay.

 

Vegetables

Vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and courgettes actually take more calories to digest than it does to eat them, so you can eat them in quite large quantities and benefit from their filling effects. Carrots and asparagus meanwhile, are high in water and fibre content, which means they are very low in calories. Add them to your meals to help your body feel like it’s getting more, while enjoying the knowledge that you’re getting numerous portions of your 5-a-day.

 

Pulses

Kidney beans, chick-peas and lentils are all part of the pulses family which are high in fibre, antioxidants, protein and other nutrients. This makes them perfect option for those looking to maintain a healthy weight and diet. Many vegetarians will use beans in curries, stews and other foods as an alternative to meat and you can too. Make a protein-packed vegetarian chilli with various beans and brown rice and you’ll have a filling meal that’s easy to prepare, without the saturated fat that can comes from beef.

 

Eating well doesn’t have to mean you can’t have a filling diet. Picking the right foods and planning your meals can help you to enjoy the right diet without feeling the need to snack on unhealthy foods to fill up. You can find out more information about eating well with NHS Choices, whilst your East Berkshire GP can also provide you with diet and nutritional advice if you’re finding that you’re overweight and need to lose some weight.