(CNN) -- Sometimes losing weight isn't a matter of following a strict diet but rather eating foods that work for you rather than against you.
Here are some foods that offer a satisfying sense of fullness and can help keep your appetite in check.
-Greek yogurt is thicker, creamier, and has more protein than its regular yogurt counterparts. That protein can keep you feeling full.
-Avocados are packed with healthy fats and oleic acid and omega 9 fatty acid both of which can be helpful for controlling hunger.
-Red chili peppers contain capsaicin. It's the compound that gives the peppers their heat, and research suggests it may help curb hunger.
-Barley is a natural appetite suppressant. The grain contains a unique combination of dietary fibers that make it extra filling.
-Spinach is a source thylakoids, the chlorophyll-bearing parts of green leaves.
-Studies have indicated that thylakoids may be helpful in reducing the amount of food we eat.
-And finally, flaxseed is rich in two natural appetite suppressants: omega 3 fats and fiber.
Another tip, try having a small salad or cup of soup before meals. Both have been associated with increased fullness and decreased calorie intake.