If you want to keep your hunger under wraps, be sure to include a nice dose of protein at each of your meals. Past studies have indicated that protein, relative to carbs and fats, has superior hunger-quieting effects. In an effort to confirm protein’s unique sating power, researchers performed a systematic review of past studies looking at protein and perceived feelings of fullness to combine all of the results into one more powerful analysis.
The results? Protein does, in fact, make us feel fuller. Because appetite control is arguably the Holy Grail of weight control, we would all be wise to put this encouraging conclusion into practice at every meal.
Here’s my best advice for leveraging the power of protein at mealtimes as Mother Nature’s diet pill:
To give hunger the boot and help you preserve or build lean body mass, the secret is to get enough protein at each of your three meals. Here are some strategies that will help you in that effort.
Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2016; DOI: 10.1016/j.jand.2016.01.003
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