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Eating protein for breakfast will keep you slim: Scientists say going to work on an egg will stop you snacking at night60 per cent of American young people skip 'most important meal of day'But experts say breakfast of egg and beef could hold the key to slimmingIt is hoped the findings could solve America's soaring obesity crisesThere are more than 25 million overweight or obese young adults in the U.S
10:23 GMT, 27 March 2013
14:15 GMT, 1 April 2013
Going to work on a high protein breakfast of eggs and steak could help you stay slim
A high protein breakfast of eggs and steak could help you stay slim and stop dieters snacking at night, scientists say.
Experts at the University of Missouri have found that a breakfast rich in protein significantly
improves appetite control and reduces unhealthy snacking on high-fat or
high-sugar foods in the evening.
But according to research some 60 per cent of American young people consistently skip 'the most important meal of the day.'
Now, Heather Leidy, an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology says a proper breakfast could hold the key to solving the American obesity crises, which currently sees more than 25 million overweight or obese young adults in the U.S.
Leidy is the first to examine the impact of breakfast consumption on daily appetite and evening snacking in young people who habitually skip breakfast.
In her study, 20 overweight or obese adolescent females ages 18-20 either skipped breakfast, consumed a high-protein breakfast consisting of eggs and lean beef, or ate a normal-protein breakfast of ready-to-eat cereal.
Every breakfast consisted of 350 calories and was matched for dietary fat, fiber, sugar and energy density.
The high-protein breakfast contained 35 grams of protein. Participants completed questionnaires and provided blood samples throughout the day.
Prior to dinner, a brain scan using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was performed to track brain signals that control food motivation and reward-driven eating behavior.
Experts at the University of Missouri have found that a breakfast rich in protein – such as lean beef – significantly improves appetite control and reduces unhealthy snacking in the evening
Surprisingly, the tests found that food such as Mexican burritos (left) could be more likely to help you stay slim than breakfast cereals such as muesli (right)
The consumption of the high-protein
breakfast led to increased fullness or 'satiety' along with reductions
in brain activity that is responsible for controlling food cravings.
high-protein breakfast also reduced evening snacking on high-fat and
high-sugar foods compared to when breakfast was skipped or when a normal
protein, ready-to-eat cereal breakfast was consumed, Leidy said.
'Eating a protein-rich breakfast impacts the drive to eat later in the day, when people are more likely to consume high-fat or high-sugar snacks' Leidy said.
THE POWER OF PROTEIN ON DIET
Protein-rich foods tend to make people feel fuller than foods rich in carbohydrates or fat, causing a knock-on effect on appetite.
Experts say this minimising effect on hunger, helps to reduce overall energy intake.
Diets rich in protein at the expense of carbohydrates have been associated with slightly greater losses of weight in the short term compared with the recommended high-carbohydrate, low-fat eating plans.
'These data suggest that eating a protein-rich breakfast is one potential strategy to prevent overeating and improve diet quality by replacing unhealthy snacks with high quality breakfast foods.'
People who normally skip breakfast might be skeptical about consuming food in the morning, but Leidy says it only takes about three days for the body to adjust to eating early in the day.
Study participants ate egg and beef-based foods such as burritos or egg-based waffles with applesauce and a beef sausage patty as part of a high-protein breakfast; Leidy also suggests eating plain Greek yogurt, cottage cheese or ground pork loin as alternatives to reach the 35 grams of protein.
Future research will examine whether regularly consuming high-protein breakfasts improves body weight management in young people.
The article, 'Beneficial effects of a higher-protein breakfast on the appetitive, hormonal, and neural signals controlling energy intake regulation in overweight/obese, 'breakfast skipping,' late-adolescent girls,' was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
The Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology is a joint effort by MU's College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; College of Human Environmental Sciences; and School of Medicine.
Funding for the research was provided by the Beef Check-off and the Egg Nutrition Center/American Egg Board.