Connect with us


The Best Foods to Crush Hunger Cravings and Lose Weight Fast



Are you out of control around sweets, chocolate, or chips? Do you often hear the bag of tortilla chips calling you by name? Read this before you answer the call.

Everyone has food cravings, especially for foods that are rich in fat, sugar, and salt, or any combo of the three. (That’s why we find chocolate, chips, baked goods, ice cream, and fast food so irresistible.) In fact, one study found that 97% of women and 68% of men reported having food cravings.

But the answer to your cravings problem isn’t to ignore them. Research shows that food restriction and avoidance can increase the intensity of cravings, so the key is to eat foods that can actually help tamp down hunger and cravings. The other strategy is to have healthier options of what you’re craving, so you can feel satisfied without derailing your diet. The next time you feel a hankering for an indulgent food coming on, you can cave into that craving without destroying your diet by reaching for one of these hunger-crushing foods. And for more on how to eat healthy, don’t miss 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.


Starting our meal with soup has a similar effect as having a piece of fruit before your meals. It fills you up with fewer calories, thanks to its high water content. Studies show that having broth or vegetable-based soup before your meal reduced the amount of calories you’ll eat at that meal. Many weight-loss experts advise their clients to eat soup daily to help them lose weight and keep it off. Look for soup that is low in calories, like broth, vegetable, or tomato soup, or choose those that have high fiber counts like minestrone or bean soups. One study found that enjoying soup as your first course helped study participants eat about 20% fewer calories or an average of 134 fewer calories at their meal. What’s more, even though they ate fewer calories, they stayed satisfied.

READ MORE: The #1 Best Soup for a Flat Belly, Says Dietitian

bowl of berries

Fruit helps increase the fiber in your diet, which helps to keep you full. What’s more, water-rich choices will help send a signal from your stomach to your brain that you’re full. Some fiber-rich picks: a cup of raspberries packs in 8 grams fiber, and a cup of wild blueberries has 6 grams. A medium apple has nearly 4.5 grams, a pear has 5.5 grams, and an average-sized orange has around 4 grams of fiber. A small study in Brazil found that participants who ate either an apple or pear before each of their main meals lost a significant amount of weight compared to those who didn’t eat fruit before their meals.

RELATED: Sign up for our newsletter to get daily recipes and food news in your inbox!

avocado toast with egg

When it comes to cravings, protein-rich foods can be your best friend. Good sources of protein that rank high on the satiety index include eggs, Greek yogurt, fish, and lean poultry options. For the best effect, try to start your day off with some protein (about 25-30 grams at your first meal) to help keep your hunger and appetite in check. This can help jump-start your weight loss. In fact, one study found that eating an egg and turkey sausage breakfast sandwich was more filling and helped study participants eat fewer calories at lunch compared to eating a low-protein breakfast.

RELATED: 19 High Protein Breakfasts That Keep You Full

chocolate bar

According to research, chocolate is the most craved food. If you feel like gooey chocolatey candy bars, brownies, or chocolate chip cookies are calling your name, opt for an ounce of dark chocolate that has at least 70% cacao. Dark chocolate has lower sugar and calorie counts and is packed with beneficial antioxidants, so it helps keep blood sugar levels stable to control hunger and cravings. Another great option is to make a chocolate protein pudding by mixing 6 ounces plain Greek yogurt with 2 teaspoons cocoa powder. Stir to combine. The protein in Greek yogurt will help keep you full while the cocoa powder will satisfy your craving for chocolate.

bowl of oats

Oats are a fiber-rich whole-grain often recommended for their heart-health benefits but several studies show that they can help control appetite and cravings. Oats are particularly high in a type of soluble dietary fiber called beta-glucan, which has been shown to trigger hunger hormones, keeping you fuller, longer. What’s more, beta-glucan slows digestion to keep blood sugar and your appetite in check. A cup of oats has about 150 calories and 4 grams of hunger-crushing fiber. In addition to enjoying oats for breakfast, try incorporating oats into burgers, soups and stews, casseroles, and desserts.

Read this next:

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News7 mins ago

Dickson condemns politicisation of Bayelsa oil spill, advocates compensation

News29 mins ago

APC: Court to hear suit seeking dissolution of Buni-led caretaker c’ttee Dec 17

News51 mins ago

Three kidnapped Ogun church members rescued, suspected rapist arrested

News1 hour ago

N’Assembly, NGF fault UK travel ban, demand reversal

News2 hours ago

Qatar Airways, Hamad airport unveil ‘fly and win’ campaign

World2 hours ago

Video: Robert Spencer’s post-debate review on Reason and Theology

News2 hours ago

Ikoyi building: Sanwo-Olu vows to deal with saboteurs in govt, awaits panel report

News2 hours ago

Four Ekiti men remanded for stealing laptop, phones

News3 hours ago

COVID-19 force majeure over vaccines

News3 hours ago

ICPC probes 52 teaching hospitals over N49.4bn intervention fund spending

News3 hours ago

Niger PDP removes ex-gov Aliyu as party leader, picks senator

News4 hours ago

Kwara gov signs law reserving 35% of appointments for women

News4 hours ago

Edo students strip policeman, set school ablaze, principal flees

News4 hours ago

S’West govs working on arms for Amotekun operatives – Makinde

News4 hours ago

Oil well: Senate threatens arrest, firm sues lawmakers, demands N10bn

News4 hours ago

Ebonyi elders’ council backs Umahi’s presidential bid, says gov detribalised

News4 hours ago

Senate demands maximum sanction for oil firm Bayelsa spill

News4 hours ago

Suit seeking Buhari’s removal, election loser’s inauguration fixed for Feb 8

News4 hours ago

APC headquarters has demanded stay of execution on congresses ruling – Kano

News4 hours ago

NIMC battles high maintenance costs, obsolete computers, poor connectivity

News17 hours ago

Red List: NANS threatens shutdown of British, Canadian missions, issues 72hrs ultimatum for reversal

News24 hours ago

NDLEA, UN agency launch five-year master plan to check drug abuse

Entertainment23 hours ago

“There is a nasty bug going around. Everyone I know is sick”- Toke Makinwa cries out

Local17 hours ago

‘I’m not for sale’, Buhari’s aide tells airport operators

Politics17 hours ago

Ex-PMAN President, Bolaji Rosiji, is dead

News16 hours ago

Omicron: Student, work visa applications will be processed despite travel restrictions — UK

Politics16 hours ago

Alleged money laundering: Court fixes March 7 for trial-within-trial for ex-minister Adoke, one other

Entertainment16 hours ago

“A well-to do young man has no business praying for a wife, there are things men don’t do” – Nigerian man sparks debate

News16 hours ago

Tonto Dikeh urges Halima Abubakar to name bullies in Nollywood

Entertainment17 hours ago

#JusticeForSylvester: “My son is innocent, he’s not a boarder” – Mother of accused student, Edward Brown speaks

Politics20 hours ago

Students risk losing $17trn in lifetime earnings to COVID-19, says report

Relationship12 hours ago

The Type Of Guy You Deserve, Based On Your Love Language

News12 hours ago

Anambra airport receives first commercial flight, begins operations

Technology24 hours ago

You Can Now Set Disappearing Message By Default on All Chat

Business News22 hours ago

NGX Index Sheds 0.38% as HNIs, Institutional Investors Dominate Market

Sports17 hours ago

Steven Gerrard Admits He Is Surprised By How Quickly His Players Have Taken On Board His Philosophy

Entertainment23 hours ago

Update: Eight children found dead inside parked car in Lagos laid to rest

Entertainment18 hours ago

“What about being a woman is funny?” – Reality star, Isilomo fumes as she reveals she despises Nigerian comedians who dress like women to appear funny

Viral16 hours ago

Man Caught On Camera Doing It With A Woman With Huge Boobs In A Swimming Pool (Video)

Politics16 hours ago

FG partners World Bank on mineral data capturing in Kwara, 18 other states