If your usual breakfast consists of a bowl of cereals and milk or yogurt, you might want to take a look at the research done at the University of Missouri. According to the research, a high protein breakfast can help you lose weight, keep hunger at bay and keep your blood sugar levels steady and stop junk food cravings.
The Missouri University researchers did a study where they gave high protein breakfast (35g of protein) to one group of young overweight people, a medium protein breakfast (13 g of protein) to another group, and they had a control group ( young overweight people as well ) that skipped breakfast up to 7 times a week.
The source of protein used in the medium protein breakfast was only milk protein, combined with corn flakes. For the high protein breakfast group the researchers used eggs, lean meat as well as dairy products.
The study lasted longer than twelve weeks and during that period of time the participants were logging their food and drink consumption and reported their feeling of hunger. At the same time their blood sugar levels were monitored and their weight was measured at the beginning and the end of the research.
Over 12 weeks, the 35mg protein group actually lost body fat without changing any other lifestyle factor. The second group maintained the same weight, and the third gained fat.
“The group of teens who ate high-protein breakfasts reduced their daily food intake by 400 calories and lost body fat mass, while the groups who ate normal-protein breakfast or continued to skip breakfast gained additional body fat,” says lead study author, Heather Leidy, Ph.D.
This study shows how important protein is when it comes to losing body fat.
If you want to try this method you need to include high protein foods in your breakfast, cut the carbs, or use high protein snacks if you’re in a hurry.