Researchers at Purdue University have uncovered a simple diet change that makes weight loss easier.
The discovery was unveiled recently in the journal Obesity.1
Their solution is simple: Eat more protein. Protein targets the thing people hate the most about dieting…hunger.
Food cravings are the number one reason people quit their diets.2 They cause 40% of dieters to quit within the first week. Another 40% quit within the first month.3
The Purdue researchers figured if they could find a way to end the hunger associated with dieting, it would go a long way toward helping people win the battle of the bulge.
The study took overweight or obese men and split them into two groups. One ate a high-protein diet. The other ate a normal amount of protein.
For 12 weeks all the subjects consumed 2,400 calories a day. This was about 750 calories less than they were used to eating.
The high-protein group consumed 25% protein, 49% carbohydrates, and the 26% fat. The second group ate 14% protein, 60% carbs, and 26% fat.4
The researchers found that the high-protein group felt fuller after eating…even though they ate the same number of calories. What’s more, they continued to feel less hungry throughout the day.5
All subjects lost just under one pound per week. But the high-protein group did it more easily and reported they were more likely to stay on the diet.
Researchers found another benefit of eating more protein. Older people in the study preserved more muscle mass. In other words, they burned fat while keeping muscle. Protein provides the body with needed amino acids that maintain muscle health, scientists said.6
And you know the common wisdom about how dieters can stave off hunger by eating more small meals instead of three big meals? The study showed it’s not true. As long as the participants were on the high-protein diet, the number of meals made no difference in satiety.
The bottom line?
Researchers suggest that you increase your protein intake if you’re trying to lose or maintain your weight. We’ve long recommended a high-protein, low-carb Paleo-style diet. It’s your best bet for optimal weight and overall health.
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In Good Health,
Publisher, INH Health Watch