Everyone is looking for the magic bullet when it comes to weight loss. While moving more and eating less is definitely part of the solution, a new study is honing in on specific protein consumption as a means to reversing the growing obesity epidemic.
Published in the online journal PLoS ONE
, researchers found that when people ate a 10 percent protein diet, they consumed 12 percent more calories over four days than they did on a 15 percent or 25 percent protein diet. Most of those extra calories (70 percent) came from snacking. Researchers have long hypothesized that protein plays an important role in determining our hunger and how many calories we eat, which thus affects obesity, but this was the first study to really test the theory, according to ScienceDaily
With the prevalence of cheap, processed foods that are high in fat and carbs, this research makes sense. Maybe we're all just eating more because we're not getting enough protein to satiate ourselves. What do you think? How much protein do you eat a day?
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.