How full and satisfied you feel after eating is largely determined by something called the satiety cascade. "This is a series of behavioral and physiological events that happens after you eat and inhibits you from eating more until your hunger signals return," says James Stubbs, Ph.D., research specialist with Slimming World, Britain's leading weight loss organization.
Stubbs combed through a database of 40,000 foods to determine which ones keep dieters fullest for longest. The 10 that follow all have the same waist-slimming combination: they're high in protein, complex carbohydrates, fiber, and moisture, and low in energy density, meaning few calories in a large volume of food. Bonus: This list even includes some of your favorite carbs that you may have thought were off-limits.