A simple way to prevent overeating

Are you looking for a simple way to prevent overeating?  It turns the answer maybe protein.  For many years many natural health experts have touted the use of protein to control appetite.   This is because protein does not cause a sharp spike in your blood sugars.  When blood sugars are stable, you tend to have a better sense of satiety, a feeling of fullness    Now researchers at the University of Missouri have the science to show why a high protein breakfast increases satiety and reduces hunger throughout the day.   They were able to show through functional MRI (fMRI) scans what happens in the brains of people who eat a high protein breakfast versus people who skip breakfast.   In the high protein group, fMRI scans indicated a reduction of brain signals that control food motivation and reward driven eating behavior prior to lunch time.  According to Heather Leidy, assistant professor at the University of Missouri Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology and one of the researchers in the study, “incorporating a healthy breakfast containing protein rich foods can be a simple strategy for people to stay satisfied longer and therefore, be less prone to snacking.”   More information can be found on the online journal Obesity.

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About Aroop Banerji N.D., L.Ac

Aroop Banerji N.D.., L.Ac is a naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist. He obtained his bachelor science in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California – Davis. He pursued doctoral education in Naturopathic Medicine and graduate level training in Chinese Medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in using dietary supplements, diet therapies, herbal medicines, and acupuncture for chronic health complaints.
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