The protein breakfast helps you lose weight and keep your blood sugar at bay

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A good breakfast, as we know, must be nutritious, substantial and balanced in such a way as to be able to arrive at lunch without major imbalances, if anything, allowing us a simple mid-morning snack. New research focuses on the beneficial effects of a protein breakfast in particular on weight loss and blood sugar control.



A good breakfast, as we know, must be nutritious, substantial and balanced in such a way as to be able to arrive at lunch without major imbalances, if anything, allowing us a simple mid-morning snack. New research focuses on beneficial effects of a protein breakfast in particular on the weight loss and control of the glycemia.



The study, conducted by a research team of the Tel Aviv University and presented in Boston during the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, speaks in particular of a breakfast based on animal proteins, specifically those of milk and dairy products. According to scholars, consuming these foods in the morning would help not only lose weight but also control type 2 diabetes.

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To evaluate the effects of different types of breakfasts on weight loss and glycemic decompensation, the authors took a sample 48 people (59 years of age), all overweight, obese or with type 2 diabetes. Participants, divided into 3 groups, for 23 months were offered a breakfast made up of an equal amount of total calories but taken from different sources, respectively: milk and dairy products; tuna, soy or egg; carbohydrates or starches.

Already after 12 weeks the effect of the different breakfasts had been felt e members of the first group had lost 7,6 kg compared to 6,1 kg of the second group and 3,1 kg of the third. Also with regard to the glycemia the results were similar: the first group had fewer peaks and a much lower concentration of glycated hemoglobin (an indicator that measures the average plasma concentration of glucose over a long period of time).

The results of the study were summarized as follows by Daniela Jakubowicz, researcher who coordinated it:

“A diet that provides a high protein breakfast, a moderate lunch and a light dinner it represents a winning strategy for losing weight, fighting hunger and decreasing daily glucose spikes for people with obesity and type 2 diabetes. However, the benefits of a protein breakfast also depend on the source and quality of the protein. Those present in the dairy induce greater satiety and reduce glycemic peaks after meals more than other sources of protein, such as eggs, soy or tuna ”.



Beyond the specific result of this research on weight loss and the containment of glycemic peaks, the study does not seem to take into account the indications expressed by Harvard nutritionists who, as early as 2013, have eliminated milk and dairy products from their guide to healthy eating.

The benefits of a protein breakfast instead they are universally known, but this does not mean that good carbohydrates and fats must be excluded from one's diet, categories equally fundamental for the well-being of our organism.



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