Oatmeal has been trendy with foodies and celebs for a while now, thanks in part to its rep as a low-fat, high-protein superfood. But here's another reason to boil some water and make yourself a bowl tomorrow morning:Oatmeal can help keep you from packing on pounds, according to a new study from the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.
Researchers gave one group of study subjects oatmeal for breakfast, while a second group was served a ready-to-eat oat-based breakfast cereal. Both breakfasts clocked in at 363 total calories. When asked to rate their appetite at regular intervals after finishing, the oatmeal eaters described themselves as significantly less hungry and more satisfied than the cereal eaters—even up to four hours following their meal. Researchers think it has to do with the fact that oatmeal is thicker and delivers more filling fiber than other cereals.
Whatever the reason, the study results suggest that oatmeal keeps hunger at bay, which can help you stay slim—all the more reason to make one of these easy, delicious oatmeal recipes.