Everyone knows that to lose weight it’s important to manage the number of calories that you eat. But knowing that it’s important to reduce your intake and being able to actually do it can be challenging.

Eating foods that help manage your appetite can help you be successful with your weight loss. And here are two foods that not only are healthy for you, but can keep you feeling full so that eating fewer calories is easy.

 

Salad: Having a salad each and every day is an easy way to add healthy greens to your diet, and to consume less calories.  Studies have shown that those who consumed salad prior to having each meal, ate less calories. However, it’s important to note that you must be conscious of the toppings, dressings and cheeses that can add extra calories to salads—that could make your calorie count even HIGHER, than not having a salad at all. So have a salad before your meals, but leave off the cheese, croutons, and fatty dressings. Use vinegar with a tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper to flavor your salad.

Use lots of vegetables in your salad: Adding green and red pepper, tomatoes, carrots, red cabbage, onions, and other similar low calorie veggies will add both color and extra nutrients to your meal.  Also, the vinegar in your home made dressing can also help boost your feelings of being full, giving you more willpower to further manage your calories wisely.

eatlesswithsoup Soup: Researchers at Pennsylvania State University found that eating a hot bowl of soup approximately 30 minutes before your meal can also help you to consume less calories during your meal. It’s important for the soup to be low-calorie, please, no creamy soups, just soups based on broth, for example, chicken or beef stock.  Once a week I cook up a pot of celery, onions, carrots, garlic, and the carcass from a whole organic chicken, then strain the broth and freeze in small little containers. I defrost the containers, and add in some leek and have this for a soup before my meals. Tastes good and keeps me from consuming too many calories during the main course. 

Water: The final ingredient towards helping you lose weight easier is to always remember to drink your water. Drinking at least an 8 ounce glass of water 30 minutes before each meal is another tip that can help you eat less and lose weight. And the water is an important factor towards maintaining a healthy metabolism, and cleaning out toxins from your system. Plain water is best, but you can add in some lemon or lime slices for flavoring.

By incorporating these three tips into your daily routine, you’ll be eating less calories without feeling hungry.