Sometimes, the simplest foods are the best. And if you’re sick of searching for ever-more trendy and complicated foodstuffs to keep your hunger at bay, you need to look no further than a simple chicken breast. Chicken breast is an excellent food to reduce hunger, mainly due to its high quantity of lean protein. “You are most likely to feel fuller after eating protein than other nutrients, including fiber, and one of the theories behind why higher-protein diets work well with weight loss is because it helps you not feel hungry,” says Wayne Campbell, nutrition professor at Purdue University, to WebMD.
When we eat protein, it prompts our body to make less ghrelin, the hormone that tells us we’re hungry, than when we eat foods and meals higher in carbs, according to research published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. This naturally leads to us feeling like we need to eat less, and therefore eating less. A previous study, also published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that when people boosted the overall percentage of protein in their diets and as an energy source, they ended up eating fewer calories overall throughout their day. And if you’re not a fan of chicken, the good news is that many foods high in protein will assist in keeping hunger at bay, especially if you’re eating them at breakfast, says WebMD.