In a new pilot study, which findings will be presented by the lead author, Mariana Norton, at this week’s Soci¬ety for Endocrinology an¬nual meeting in the United Kingdom, researchers from Imperial College London reveal a number of studies have suggested a diet high in protein can aid weight loss. Researchers have shed light on the un¬derlying mechanisms of this association, which may open the door to new preventive and treatment strategies for obesity.
It also reveal how phenylalanine – an amino acid produced by the digestion of protein – boosts levels of a hormone that tells us when we are full, leading to reduced food intake.  Previous studies have shown that a diet high in protein – essential nutrients found in foods such as milk, fish, eggs, and poultry – can help reduce body weight by suppressing appetite. According to Norton and her team, a high-pro¬tein diet can be hard to ad¬here to, but uncovering the mechanisms by which pro¬tein curbs hunger could lead to simpler weight-loss strat¬egies. Obesity has become a ma¬jor public health concern. More than two-thirds (68.8 per cent) of adults are con¬sidered to be overweight or obese. More than one-third (35.7 per cent) of adults are considered to be obese. More than 1 in 20 (6.3 per cent) have extreme obesity. Almost 3 in 4 men (74 per cent) are considered to be overweight or obese, put¬ting them at greater risk of health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancer.

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