The researchers compared the benefits of consuming a normal-protein breakfast to a high-protein breakfast in overweight teenagers who would normally skip breakfast.

"This study examined if the type of breakfast consumed can improve weight management in young people who habitually skip breakfast," said lead author of the study Heather Leidy,  assistant professor at  University of Missouri in the US.

High-protein breakfast - which contained 35 grams of protein - prevented gains of body fat, reduced daily food intake and feelings of hunger, and stabilized glucose levels, the findings showed. The key to eating 35 grams of protein is to consume a combination of high-quality proteins including milk, eggs, lean meats and Greek yogurt, Leidy noted.

For the study, the researchers fed two groups of overweight teenagers who reported skipping breakfast between five and seven times a week either normal-protein breakfast meals or high-protein breakfast meals. A third group of teenagers continued to skip breakfast for 12 weeks.


"These results show that when individuals eat a high-protein breakfast, they voluntarily consume less food the rest of the day. In addition, teenagers who ate high-protein breakfast had more stable glucose levels than the other groups," Leidy noted.

The findings appeared in the International Journal of Obesity.

 

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