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High Protein Breakfasts May Help With Weight Loss

As many as 60% of teens skip breakfast up to four times weekly and that may be contributing to the obesity epidemic and an increased risk of type-2 diabetes. A recent study suggests that consuming a high protein breakfast rather than a normal protein breakfast may prevent weight gain, lower daily food intake and feelings of hunger, and stabilize glucose levels in overweight teens.

Participants in the study included 28 healthy but overweight teens who reported skipping breakfast between five and seven times a week. Over the course of twelve weeks, one third of the group consumed high protein breakfasts, one third consumed normal protein breakfasts, and the final third continued with their normal routine of skipping breakfast.

The normal protein breakfast included milk and cereal and had 13 grams of protein, while the high protein breakfast included eggs, dairy, and lean pork and had a total of 35 grams of protein. The participants were all instructed to record feelings of hunger and intake of food and drinks throughout every day. The researchers measured their body weight and body composition at the onset and conclusion of the study. Finally, all of the participants wore a device that measured their glucose levels throughout the day.

At the conclusion of the study, the teens eating the high protein breakfast reduced their daily food intake by 400 calories and lost body fat mass, while the other two groups gained body fat. Additionally, the high protein breakfast group had more stable glucose levels when compared with the other two groups.

Researchers from the MU School of Medicine conducted the study. It was published on June 1, 2015, in the International Journal of Obesity.

Protein functions as a building block for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. It is also a building block for enzymes, hormones, and vitamins. Previous studies suggest that consuming high amounts of protein may help build muscle and increase metabolism.

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