Protein Appetite Suppressants

You've heard about protein's muscle-building powers and how specific types of protein contribute to fat reduction. A new study from the University of Washington looks at protein's ability to suppress appetite. Scientists had 16 people consume one of 3 different beverages every 20 minutes for 6 hours. Each beverage contained specific quantities of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Participant blood levels of ghrelin, a hormone is known to stimulate appetite, were recorded throughout the study.

Researchers found that although carbohydrates exhibited a strong ability to suppress ghrelin, this was followed by a significant surge that caused participants to be even hungrier than before. Fats did not effectively suppress production of this hormone, but proteins functioned impressively in terms of both suppressive power and duration.

The Bigger Picture: As a general rule active adults should consume about a gram of protein per pound of body weight per day. After your workout, fast-absorbing whey protein isolates are an ideal choice. Before bed, you want a slow-digesting casein protein with anti-catabolic qualities to rejuvenate exercised muscles all night. Blended proteins are perfect for stretching breakfast, lunch and dinner into 5 or 6 smaller meals. This is how a steady steam of quality proteins can help you build muscle while losing weight.
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