High protein diet, weight loss link confirmed...again

Researchers from University College London (UCL) have produced scientific backing for the popular theory that a high protein diet helps reduce weight.

Long the mainstay of the Atkins Diet, UCL scientists have established that eating protein promotes the creation in the gut of a hormone called PYY, which sends signals to brains causing a feeling of fullness.

To test this, researchers created genetically modified mice that lacked the hormone, which ate more than regular mice and became obese. These mice were then injected with PYY and their food consumption dropped so much, their weight began to fall.

The European Commission's research directorate general is highlighting the research, which concluded that 2-3% increases in protein consumption and small reductions in carbohydrate consumption could spark weight loss.