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Still hungry after a big meal? Before reaching for just any old snack, it’s important to remember that the right foods can leave you feeling satisfied without ruining your diet plan. The trick is to choose foods that your body digests slower, this helps avoid packing on those extra pounds. Filling foods have a higher protein and fiber content, combined with a low energy density. Here are 12 foods you can feel good about eating a lot of without gaining any excess weight.

1. Boiled Potatoes

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For those trying to lose weight, you might be avoiding potatoes because of their high carbohydrate content. However, whole potatoes are loaded with fiber, vitamins, and other essential nutrients. Potatoes contain an important starch known as resistant starch. This particular type of starch helps you take in fewer calories because resistant starch contains half the calorie value as regular starch.

Boiled potatoes are the most satisfying food and are much more healthy than their fried chip counterpart. Cooling the potatoes after they’re boiled can increase the resistant starch content. Doing this multiple times can increase the hunger-suppressing effect.