7 low-calorie foods to help you lose weight but won't leave you with hunger pangs

A slice of watermelon. PHOTO: ST FILE
A slice of watermelon. PHOTO: ST FILE
A double-boiled Chinese soup. PHOTO: YEOH WEE TECK
A double-boiled Chinese soup. PHOTO: YEOH WEE TECK
Greek yogurt with honey. PHOTO: WIKI COMMONS
Greek yogurt with honey. PHOTO: WIKI COMMONS
A plate of diced cauliflower which can substitute for rice. PHOTO: ST FILE
A plate of diced cauliflower which can substitute for rice. PHOTO: ST FILE
Hot tea is a good accompaniment to meals. PHOTO: ST FILE
Hot tea is a good accompaniment to meals. PHOTO: ST FILE
Smitten apples from New Zealand. PHOTO: ST FILE
Smitten apples from New Zealand. PHOTO: ST FILE
Zucchini can be turned into a noodle-substitute, or grated to add to cakes. PHOTO: ST FILE
Zucchini can be turned into a noodle-substitute, or grated to add to cakes. PHOTO: ST FILE

(SHAPE SINGAPORE) - Your first instinct when it comes to losing weight may be cutting back on your food. While it is true that a lower calorie intake will help you lose weight, it may also leave you feeling hungry, lethargic and miserable. But with these seven foods, you no longer have to deal with hunger pangs on your weight loss journey.

WATERMELON

This juicy summer fruit is perfect for those with a sweet tooth. It can fulfil your sweet treat cravings minus the fat and cholesterol! Made up of more than 90 per cent water, it is sure to fill you up. It also contains fibre, which slows down digestion to keep you fuller for longer. If you are feeling peckish, have a couple of slices of watermelon to curb those mid-day cravings. It should last you till your next meal so you won’t end up overeating.

 

SOUPS

It’s a common misconception to think that soup cannot fill you up as well as a solid meal. But a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that soup induces greater fullness compared to a solid meal. Soup that comes with meat and vegetables can serve as a nutritious and balanced meal. If you simply cannot give up your carbs, fret not, the soup might be able to help you cut down on it. Try having a smaller serving of rice or noodles when you have soup on the side and it should still fill you up.

GREEK YOGURT

Packing more than twice the amount of protein than regular yogurt, it is filling enough to form the basis of a meal. Top it up with some fruits and granola and there you have it – a low-calorie and healthy meal or snack.

CRUCIFEROUS VEGGIES

Veggies like broccoli and cauliflower can be used to replace regular rice. Pro tip: You can use a food processor or a grater to make cauliflower rice. It will make giving up the much-loved carbs so much easier. This will effectively help you cut down on both carbs and calories. Serve with high-protein sides like chicken or fish and you will get a wholesome meal that is tasty and satisfying.

 

HOT TEA

While this definitely cannot be a substitute for any meal, drinking tea after a meal or during meals can give you the feeling of being full without additional calories! Furthermore, teas like green tea have also been said to have detoxification and weight loss benefits. Time to add some teas to your daily diet.

APPLES

High in fibre and relatively low in sugar, apples are perfect when you need something to munch on. Eating an apple off its core requires more time so it will slow down your eating and help your snack last much longer than a bag of chips or even nuts. Make it your go-to snack or dessert. It is sure to keep you satisfied as you munch on the crunch.

ZUCCHINI

This is for all the pasta lovers out there. Using a food spiraliser or vegetable peeler, slice the zucchini into long noodle-like strips. Enjoy it raw or sauteed and serve it with your favourite pasta sauce. Rich in fibre, potassium and vitamins, zucchini can help you to efficiently cut down on the calories and quell your hunger pangs.