People who increase the amount of protein in their diet may benefit from improved appetite control, new research suggests.
Scientists at the University of Missouri in the US carried out a study in which two groups of overweight men ate 25 per cent and 14 per cent of their calories from protein, respectively.
The total number of calories and percentage of calories from fat were the same for both groups.
Researchers found that people on the higher-protein diet tended to feel more satisfied throughout the day than those who gained less of their calories from protein.
Men on the higher-protein diet also tended to feel less hungry in the evenings and late at night.
Study author Dr Heather Leidy, whose findings are published in Obesity journal, said: ‘Research has shown that higher-protein diets, those containing 18 to 35 per cent of daily calorie intake from dietary protein, are associated with reductions in hunger and increased fullness throughout the day and into the evening hours.’
Good sources of protein include meat, fish, eggs and beans, while vegetarians may also want to consider eating meat-alternatives such as tofu.