If you’re like me, conquering your appetite is one of the biggest challenges you face when trying to lose weight. As soon as the word “diet” crosses my mind, I find myself craving all the junk I know I’m not supposed to eat. Luckily there are things I can nosh on that fill me up without filling me out. Here are two of my favorites (more to come tomorrow!):
Oatmeal: This hot cereal is high in fiber so it takes a long time to digest. I’ve noticed that when I eat oatmeal for breakfast, my appetite is lower at lunchtime. Steel-cut oats digest more slowly than the instant variety, so it's worth taking a few extra minutes in the morning to prepare your breakfast the old-fashioned way. I like to mix in some raisins, walnuts, cinnamon, and a splash of nonfat milk too.
Apples: Not only are apples nutritious, but they’re really high in fiber, so they keep you full and give you energy. One medium apple with skin contains 4 grams of fiber, which is more than you'd get in an average slice of whole wheat bread. Here’s a great way to incorporate them into your meal when you just don’t feel like biting into a cold crisp apple.