Higher protein diets have a good reputation for aiding successful weight loss. They are known to help to reduce hunger and cravings, therefore making weight loss much easier. Now researchers are discovering the science behind this.

Studies have shown that consuming protein such as seafood, poultry, meat, eggs or protein powder increases your body’s production of the hormone PYY (also known as peptide YY). This is a molecule that increases the sensation of satiety. People with higher blood levels of this hormone are known to lose weight more easily. Experiments measuring levels of PYY have been conducted in animals and humans.

If you want to lose weight or just get your appetite under control, try to include some protein at each meal.

It is especially important to eat protein for breakfast, as this greatly reduces the risk you’ll crave sugar or carbs later in the afternoon or in the evening. Good options for breakfast include a protein powder smoothie, eggs and vegetables (eg. Omelette) or leftovers from last night’s dinner.