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It’s that time of year again – let the diets begin.  Seriously though, if you are interested in cutting calories and slimming down, skipping breakfast is the last thing you want to do.

Studies of both adults and children have shown that breakfast eater’s weigh less than those who skip breakfast. Skipping breakfast has been associated with overweight and obesity.

Participants followed by The National Weight Control Registry who had lost at least 30 pounds and kept it off for at least one year reported eating breakfast as a key strategy for maintaining weight loss.  Of this group, 78% were regular breakfast eaters and only 4% said that they never ate breakfast. They also followed a low calorie and low fat diet.

Many of the studies linking breakfast to weight loss looked at a healthy breakfast containing protein.

A new study published by the British Journal of Nutrition found that eating more protein for breakfast leads to a greater and longer feeling of fullness if you’re looking to lose weight.

Another study by Heather Leidy, M.D. of the University of Kansas Medical Center she suggests, “that people trying to lose weight should eat more protein at breakfast to help them maintain their diet and avoid overeating.  Alternately, if most of a person’s protein is consumed at dinner, hunger is reduced at the following breakfast, which could lead to over-eating later in the day.”

The most common perception by many has been that a high carbohydrate breakfast is the best way to give the body the energy and jump-start for the day.  However, these new research findings make it clear that cultivating a habit of eating protein-good reduced fat protein, such as fat-free turkey bacon, eggs, egg whites or yogurt keeps the body full and satiated for longer.  This staves off hunger pangs that make you want to reach for those high fat and calorie-laden foods that add unnecessary pounds to your body.

If you are serious about changing your weight, reducing your caloric intake and melting those inches away, having protein for breakfast just might be the new diet you’ve been looking for.

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