High Protein Meals Reduce Appetite

June 9, 2008 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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 High Protein Meals Reduce Appetite
Studies that detail the effects of protein on rat brain neuro-circuitry show that higher protein meals1 increase the subconscious brain's satiety signals, helping to produce a full feeling. This is one reason that those who follow the Leptin Diet know that they need to eat a high protein breakfast. Getting your day started on the right foot can make all the difference in how well you eat the rest of the day.

It is very clear that our government's recommendation for 10 percent of calories as protein is woefully inadequate to solve the obesity epidemic. The higher the percentage of carbohydrates in the diet, the more people crave food and tend to overeat – they do not get a full signal at the right time.

Individuals need anywhere from 20 percent to 30 percent of their calories as protein, more physically active people need higher levels. Protein helps you feel full, it's a proven fact.

Referenced Studies

  1. ^ Protein Helps You Feel Full  Journal of Nutrition  Rodolphe Faipoux, Daniel Tomé, Sylvette Gougis, Nicolas Darcel and Gilles Fromentin.

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