Sharon, I have done weight watchers in the past. I stopped going due to finances, but I still use the filling foods list, which includes high protein items, and high fiber items. Simple things like adding chunks of chicken to a salad helps a lot. If you like broiled fish, that's another way to feel full longer. For protein, I mostly stick to low calorie meats, but I also use black beans and chick peas frequently. A hard boiled egg for breakfast, along with whole grain toast is a good choice, also. If you'd like the list, email me, and I'll get it out and send it to you.
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Tips to Stay Full Longer Beat Hunger and Boost Satisfaction
By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian
No doubt about it, hunger is unpleasant. In fact, it can be downright embarrassing when your tummy grumbles for your attention at the most inopportune times. When youíre watching your calorie intake to lose or manage your weight, there will be days when you might experience ongoing hunger, even when youíre eating at the top of your calorie range. It can be so distracting and debilitating that youíre ready to throw in the towel. If deprivation is what eating healthy is all about, then forget it!
Not so fast. Donít give up on your new way of eating until you add what could be the missing ingredient back into your eating and weight loss program. What's the elusive ďsecretĒ to feeling fuller, longer? Satiety.
Satiety (sa-TIE-e-tee) is that wonderfully pleasant feeling of fullness you get as you eat, when youíre no longer hungry, but arenít overly stuffed or uncomfortable. You are just satisfied beyond desire. The more satisfied you feel after a meal, the less youíll eat later. So how do you increase satiety without eating MORE?
When making food choices, itís still important to meet the nutrition recommendations outlined in your SparkDiet. But if youíre having problems staying full, adjust your meals and snacks to incorporate these tips:
Eat More Low Density Foods Calorie density refers to the number of calories per gram of food. Foods that are HIGH in calorie density contain a high number of calories per gram; foods that are LOW in calorie density contain a low number of calories per gram. Calorie density is the key to feel full without overeating.
When you eat too many calorie dense foods, youíll end up consuming a lot of calories to fill your belly. If you focus on low calorie density foods, you can fill up on fewer calories because low density foods contain a lot more water, which adds weight and volume to the food, but no calories.
Just drinking a glass of water along with the meal does not provide the same degree of satiety. Research has shown that to reduce hunger and boost fullness, the water has to be in the food. Why? Because there are separate mechanisms in the brain to control hunger and thirst. If the food you eat contains the water, it will stay in the stomach longer while the food is being digested. Beyond that, there is also the psychological component of eating food versus drinking water. When you eat food, even water-rich food, you get more sensory stimulation because you have more food going through your mouth and youíre eating for a longer period of time, both of which help you feel more satisfied with your meal.
The following are all water-rich food choices with about 90% bound water. They can have a great impact on the calorie density of your diet. EAT MORE broth-based soups like chicken broth and vegetable broth.
EAT MORE leafy greens like lettuce, baby spinach and mixed salad greens with fat-free dressing. EAT MORE fruits like apples, blueberries, cantaloupe, grapefruit, oranges, peaches, strawberries and watermelon.
EAT MORE non-starchy vegetables like asparagus, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes and winter squash.
TIP: Start your meal with a bowl of broth-based soup or low-calorie leafy green salad to fill up on fewer calories. Turn to non-starchy vegetables when you get the munchies.
Fill Up on Fiber
Fiber contains only 1.5 to 2.5 calories per gram, while other carbohydrates contain 4 calories per gram. Fiber-rich foods also necessitate more chewing and slow the passage of food through the digestive tract. The fiber in carbohydrates helps prevent those peaks and valleys in blood sugar levels that can cause cravings and poor food choices. They also may stimulate a satiety hormone in the brain.
EAT MORE fiber from whole grains, fruits and vegetables with skins, beans, lentils and legumes. Aim for 25-35 grams each day to help reduce your calorie intake and increase your satiety level. TIP: Avoid refined carbohydrates (like white bread, white rice, white pasta and sugar). When eaten alone, refined and simple carbohydrates can wreak havoc on satiety by causing rises and falls in blood sugar which trigger hunger every few hours.
Lean on Protein
Studies suggest that protein appears to help prolong satiety more than carbohydrates or fat can. Continue eating the amount of protein that your SparkDiet recommends, since consuming even a little bit of protein with each of your meals and snacks will help you stay full. Meeting your protein needs is important, but eating more protein than your body needs will NOT boost your metabolism.
EAT MORE lean protein from meats, chicken, seafood, low-fat dairy, legumes, lentils and soy products. TIP: Prepare your meat using low-fat cooking methods like grilling and baking.
Fit in the Fat
Cutting fat intake reduces the calorie density of a food. In other words, you get a bigger portion of food for the same calories when it has fewer fat grams. However, if you go too low in fat you wonít enjoy the flavor, texture or satiety of your food. Plus dietary fat is essential for staying healthy.
EAT ENOUGH fat to meet the fat recommendations in your SparkDiet. This will bring the pleasure and satisfaction back to your meals so youíre less likely to overeat later.
TIP: Eliminate fat where you donít need it, opting for reduced fat foods instead of full fat versions. Select low-fat dairy products, low-fat salad dressings, low-fat mayonnaise, etc. and limit saturated and trans fats.
Nuts have been shown to have a very positive impact on satiety because of their protein and fiber content. A SMALL handful of these nutritious nuggets will often hold you over until your next meal. Of course, portion control is important because nuts and seeds are high density foods.
Choose nuts like peanuts, almonds, walnuts, cashews and others. Even seeds make good choices. TIP: Keep your portions in check! One serving of nuts or seeds is about the size of a golf ball. Drink Up!
Drinking plain old water can help with your weight management program, especially if you are substituting calorie-containing beverages like regular soda, juice and sweetened coffee for water, which is healthy and calorie-free. For some people, drinking water throughout the day also keeps their hands busy so that theyíre less likely to eat out of habit or boredom.
DRINK MORE water throughout the day, aiming for about 8 cups total. Some calorie-free beverages can make good choices, but moderation is important. Check out these beverage guidelines to meet your bodyís needs. TIP: Donít drink your calories. Calories from beverages add up quickly and affect your weight. Most people donít pay attention to the number of calories they drink, and that can hurt your weight loss efforts. Limit your intake of caloric beverages to less than 200 calories each day, and be sure to add these calories to your Nutrition Tracker.
Make It Work
Now that you know which foods have the staying power, it is important to spread these satisfying foods throughout the day into designated meals and snacks. Then youíll be reaping the benefits all day long.
Even better, slow down and savor every bite. Research has shown that it can take 20 minutes for your stomach to signal your brain that you have reached satiety. So take your time and enjoy every delicious bite along the way.
Get in touch with your satiety center by giving your stomach time to signal your brain that you have had enough to eat, and by selecting the right kinds of foods when you do eat. Finding ways to feel fuller while eating fewer caloriesónow thatís the secret to success!
Chocolate Iced Coffee with protein powder Submitted by: BONEWOMAN
I've really been having trouble getting enough protein since I don't eat/crave a lot of meat...and I've started losing hair, and my dermatologist suggested it might be lack of protein...so I've been forcing myself to use protein powder, and I don't like to eat things unless they taste good...so I've been looking up recipes and experimenting, and this is one I came up with, and its REALLY good..and I don't even like coffee!
5 Minutes to Prepare and Cook
Servings Per Recipe: 1 Amount Per Serving Calories: 68.7 Total Fat: 0.5 g Cholesterol: 15.0 mg Sodium: 57.4 mg Total Carbs: 7.8 g Dietary Fiber: 0.0 g * Protein: 10.1 g
Ingredients -1/2 cup Dannon Light & Fit Vanilla Yogurt -1/2-3/4 cup coffee (preferably cooled first); adjust this up or down to reach your desired consistency. -1/4 Scoop Cookies and Cream (or Chocolate) whey protein powder; adjuste this up or down for your protein needs -splenda to taste -ice cubes (if desired)
Directions 1. Mix the yogurt, coffee, and protein powder and stir (or shake) until blended. 2. Add splenda to reach desired sweetness 3. Add ice cubes and enjoy!
I only used 1/4 scoop of protein powder since this was just a mid afternoon snack...but you could easily do 1/2 scoop which would make this treat 96 calories and 17 g of protein!
The Soyrizo (vegetarian sausage, chorizo flavored) simmers down to very flavorful crumbles that make the vegetables taste yummy!
30 Minutes to Prepare and Cook
Ratinsg for this recipe 4.7 of 5 (
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 3.0 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 749.3 mg
Total Carbs: 17.0 g
Dietary Fiber: 2.8 g
* Protein: 4.1 g
Ingredients Soyrizo, Vegan Chorizo, 5 oz , casing removed Potato, with skin, 1 large, diced Onions, raw, 1 cup, chopped Bell peppers, 1 cup, chopped Carrots, raw, 1/2 cup, chopped Celery, raw, 1/2 cup, diced Cabbage, fresh, 1/2 cup, chopped Vegetable Broth, 3 cup Tomatoes with green chilies, 1 can undrained Cilantro to garnish
Directions Saute onions, carrots, celery and peppers in a small amount of broth until soft. Add in everything else and boil for 20 minutes. Garnish with cilantro. Makes 8 small (1 1/4 cup) appetizer or 4 full bowl servings.
Koookie, also eating enough fiber will also curb your appreciate. Food that has a lot of fiber helps even more. Try to eat foods that have at least five grams of fiber. Fiber one has 5 grams of fiber per bar, but they are high in carbs. The best thing to eat when you are trying to get more fiber into your diet it to eat a complex carb (because complex carbs are better for you, like whole wheat pasta) You have find a way to balance it out. I will try to put something on this thread to help you, ok?
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I'm looking for protein recipes/or protein ideas. I'm a fussy eater & very basic.No hot stuff LOL I'm hungary all the time & I know it's because I'm eating alot of junk. God did it before & I know He'll do it again.As soon as I sumit to Him. When the cigarettes went(God set me free after 42 years)The emotional eating began. Does anybody belong to weight watchers that could give me some tips?I can't afford to join. I'll be retiring to part time work as of March 1st & need to start nipping this in the bud. When I started SP NEVER thought I'd get past 180's & with Gods help & being here I did. Now I need to start over. God says when you fall down pick your self up dust your self off & do it again. So again Prayers would be great. Sharon
I'M NOT WHERE I WANT TO BE,BUT THANK GOD I'M NOT WHERE I USE TO BE.
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