A new study shows that eating a protein rich breakfast increases satiety and reduces hunger throughout the day.
And for those of you who are prone to the mid-afternoon munchies, this may be very good news.
For three weeks, a group of adolescent girls (Age: 15 ± 1 years) with a high BMI (93rd percentile ± 1%) and a habit of skipping breakfast (5 ± 1×/week) either continued to skip breakfast (BS) or consumed 500-calorie “normal protein” breakfast meals (NP) consisting of cereal and milk or 500-calorie higher protein meals (HP) consisting of Belgium waffles, syrup and yogurt.
At the end of each week, the girls returned to the lab to eat their respective breakfast followed by:
Compared to skipping breakfast (BS), both breakfast meals (NP & HP) led to increased satiety and reductions in hunger throughout the morning (3 hrs post breakfast). fMRI results showed that brain activation in regions controlling food motivation and reward was reduced prior to lunch time when breakfast was consumed in the morning. Additionally, the higher protein breakfast led to even greater changes in appetite, satiety and reward-driven eating behavior compared to the normal protein breakfast.
The researchers concluded that a protein-rich breakfast might be an effective strategy to improve appetite control and prevent overeating in young people.
And aside from the fact that I take issue with their description of their HP breakfast - Belgium waffles, syrup and yogurt – as being high protein, I have to agree.
BTW – I had a 4 egg spinach omelette for breakfast and I wasn’t hungry for at least 5 hours.