Let’s talk about one of the biggest game-changers for weight loss.
The two most common mistakes I’ve noticed are skipping breakfast altogether or settling for cereal and toast. If it doesn’t contain protein, it’s not a meal … and this is especially important when it comes to breakfast.
Why? Protein signals the body to release less ghrelin, the hunger hormone. More protein = less ghrelin = less hunger 🙂
But protein isn’t just about curbing hunger. It helps build and repair muscle. And muscle not only burns calories but also enhances your daily functions and quality of life as you age.
Don’t believe me? Let’s look at the research:
– In one trial, a high-protein breakfast led older women to consume 135 fewer calories later in the day compared to a low-protein breakfast or skipping it.
– A study with nine young women found a whey protein drink actively reduced appetite.
– Participants in another study felt less hungry after exercising when given a high-protein shake before their workout.
If you struggle to get more protein in your meals, here are a couple of hacks:
– Stir a scoop of your favorite protein powder into your oatmeal, add some berries, and you’ve got a complete meal.
– Dinner for breakfast. Throw in some leftover chicken breast, lean steak, or ground beef into your morning eggs and triple your protein intake for the morning!
If you need help navigating the protein path, hit repy. I’d love to troubleshoot and get you on the right track.