Results from an Israeli study presented at the Endocrine Society’s 2016 Annual Meeting this past April revealed that drinking a whey protein shake for breakfast may help those struggling to lose weight and keep it off. Study participants who consumed whey protein were more satisfied and had fewer spikes in blood sugar during the day than subjects who ate eggs, soy or tuna, or a carbohydrate-rich meal for breakfast.
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What’s more, at the end of the 12-week study period, the whey protein group lost an average of three pounds more than the group who consumed the same amount of other types of protein and almost 10 pounds more than the high-carb cohort.
Researchers believe that whey protein suppresses ghrelin, a hormone produced in the stomach and pancreas that plays an important role in hunger and weight management. A whey protein shake is an easy, on-the-go breakfast option that could help keep hunger pangs at bay and blood sugar stable until lunchtime.