Healthy foods that help keep you full

(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.

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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.