Yet now it’s 2:30pm and your stomach is already making more noise than the office fire alarm. What to do?
First, reach for one of our suggested best snack foods and avoid the vending machine. Next, make a mental note: Tomorrow, add beans to your salad and you won’t find yourself in this same predicament, promise.
According to a review published in the journal Obesity, legumes—including beans, chickpeas, lentils and peas—could keep you from the snack drawer until dinner. Researchers found that subjects who consumed ¾ to 1 cup of legumes daily felt as much as 31 percent fuller than those who abstained!
A word of warning: Use that full feeling to keep your hands out of the chip bag! Though subjects felt fuller when they ate legumes, they didn’t always eat less throughout the day. It’s still up to you to tune out the siren song of cravings—a completely different beast than hunger—but when it comes to willpower boosters, beans are a great bet. And to blast fat even faster, don't miss these 55 Best-Ever Ways to Boost Your Metabolism.