Weight Management & Satiety

Obesity is a multi-factorial and complex health issue. Current guidance for weight management encourages physical activity along with consuming an overall healthy eating pattern which includes whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, low-fat and fat-free dairy products. A growing body of research suggests that dietary protein, specifically, can help promote satiety, facilitating weight loss when consumed as part of reduced energy diets.

Several clinical trials have specifically assessed the effects of high-quality protein from eggs on satiety and weight loss. For example:

  • In a study in overweight adults, calorie-restricted diets that included either eggs or a bagel for breakfast were compared; the people who consumed eggs for breakfast lowered their body mass index by 61%, lost 65% more weight, and reported feeling more energetic than those who ate a bagel for breakfast.
  • Men who consumed an egg breakfast versus a bagel breakfast showed that appetite hormones were suppressed following eggs at breakfast, as was energy intake over the course of the day.
  • A study of overweight premenopausal women that evaluated satiety responses to eating a turkey sausage and egg breakfast sandwich versus a low-protein pancake breakfast showed better appetite control and few calories consumed at lunch following the egg-based breakfast.
  • In a 3-month trial among subjects with type 2 diabetes, those who consumed 2 eggs per day for 6 days a week reported less hunger and greater satiety than those who consumed less than 2 eggs per week.

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Does skipping breakfast lead to faster fat loss

Featured article in the Winter 2016 Issue of Nutrition Close-Up; written by Pamela Hernandez, CPT

The National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) reports that 78% of its participants eat breakfast daily.1 With a sample size of over 10,000 individuals who have each lost 30 pounds or more, why is the behavior of eating breakfast still a question as it relates to fat loss and fitness? Even fitness professionals vigorously debate the topic, particularly when it comes to eating before a morning workout.  Continue reading “Does skipping breakfast lead to faster fat loss”

Macro and micronutrient needs of bariatric surgery patients: a review

Featured article in the Winter 2016 Nutrition Close-Up; written by Meagan Moyer, MPH, RDN, LD

Bariatric surgical procedures for the treatment of morbid obesity are becoming increasingly prevalent since their inception in the 1970s. According to a survey by the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Diseases (IFSO), 468,609 bariatric procedures were performed in 2013, up 37% from 2011. In 2013, more cases were performed in the United States and Canada (154,276) than any other region of the world. The IFSO predicts that the number of bariatric surgical procedures will continue to rise.1

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New Research: Eating Eggs at Breakfast May Help With Appetite and Caloric Intake Control in Kids

creative scrambled egg breakfast face shapeAs highlighted in a recent blog, higher protein breakfasts may reduce hunger in kids. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania recently confirmed these results in a study that compared the satiating properties of egg- versus two cereal grain-based breakfasts in children.

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Higher Protein Breakfast Reduces Hunger in Kids

Children having breakfast in the kitchen

If protein at breakfast shows benefits, it may help manage or prevent overweight in kids.

Researchers at the University of Arkansas were interested in weight-related physiologic effects of high carbohydrate and high protein breakfasts among school aged kids. In focusing on kids, they noted that “In the U.S. 32% of children are overweight and 17% obese. Obesity is a major public health concern, increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia.” [Baum, 2015] As communities and healthcare professionals look for solutions to the obesity problem, researchers are also working to discover ways to address the issue. Breakfast has been the subject of several studies related to weight loss and maintenance.

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How Important Is It to Distribute Protein Throughout the Day?

Coffee Eggs and Salad

The answer is: “it depends.”

New findings from researcher Il-Young Kim et al. suggests that the answer to the question of whether evenly distributing protein intake throughout the day is beneficial, may depend on several factors, like age, total amount of protein, and whether protein is consumed as part of a meal versus alone (Kim, 2015). What is known is that muscle synthesis efficiency declines with aging, making it particularly important to make every protein calorie count.

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