The benefits of a high protein breakfast?
We’ve heard it before, Breakfast; it’s the most important meal of the day, but why? A well-balanced breakfast helps start your day on a healthy note and provides the brain with energy. This meal also needs to provide you with key nutrients essential to good health, such as protein, fibre and essential minerals. But how important is it to eat a high-protein breakfast?
In a recent study published in Obesity, a research journal, researchers found that eating a high-protein breakfast may increase satiety and reduce food cravings. Researchers used a special imaging device to monitor brain signals associated with food motivation and eating-related reward behaviours in their subjects.
It doesn’t matter if your goal is to lose fat, build muscle, or enjoy being a healthy, well-functioning human being. Your daily protein intake plays a crucial role in reaching those goals.
In terms of overall health and function of the human body, protein is essential for building and repairing cells. Your organs, muscles, skin, hair, nails, bones and certain hormones are all made in part by protein. It’s a fundamental building block for sustaining life and proper function.
All people need enough protein on a daily basis to be healthy. Of course, if you’re reading this, you’re probably less interested in protein’s role in overall health and more interested in how protein will help you lose fat, build muscle, and generally get your body to look and perform at its best. The three most notable are:
1. Maintaining Lean Muscle
A lot of healthy eating regimes require you to have a calories deficit. However the concept of “calories in versus calories out” is greatly oversimplified, and outdated. A University of Florida study found that people who consume more antioxidants maintain lower BMIs, smaller waistlines, and lower body-fat percentages, than those with lower intakes, even though both groups consumed about the same number of calories–a strong indication that the nutrients calories are bundled with, play a key role in metabolism.
There are three types of calories your body needs: Carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Because each performs a unique function, they aren’t interchangeable, so getting the right amount of each is important. For example, if you ate too few protein calories and too many carb calories, the functions that proteins do wouldn’t get done, and the surplus carb calories would get sent straight to your fat cells. This can result in weight gain, as well as the loss of muscle mass, dry, dull hair and skin, hormonal imbalances, and a weaker immune system.
Your goal should be to get your body to burn nothing but fat and leave all of your strong muscle alone. Eating an adequate amount of protein on a daily basis is the key dietary factor in getting your body to ‘preserve your muscle and burn fat instead’.
2. Keeping Full
A second major role protein plays in fat loss is one of satiation. Of all the macronutrients that we get our calories from (protein, fat, carbs), research clearly shows that protein is by far and away the most filling of them all. This makes it a key factor in controlling your hunger and keeping you full and satisfied. Increasing your protein intake may also help you lose weight while maintaining fat-burning muscle.
3. Building Lean Muscle
Protein - The ‘Building Block’ Of Muscle. This is something you come across over and over again in articles about how to build muscle, but it’s worth repeating. Protein is the primary ‘building block’ of muscle. Without enough of it, your body cannot (and will not) build muscle. So, if your goal is to build muscle, increase strength or improve sports performance, a sufficient protein intake is more than just an important part of the process. It’s a basic requirement.
What’s so different about High Protein Breakfast Co?
The High Protein Breakfast Company has researched and selected only the best quality ingredients. We make sure your breakfast is loaded with natural ingredients that deliver a simple, richly textured, delicious breakfast experience. No puffs, no refined sugar, no rancid processed oils and no cheap fillers. So you get a broad powerful spectrum of super healthy, whole ingredients in just half a cup!
Because we understand the importance of protein, we ensure our protein comes from the most natural sources possible; including unpasteurised nuts, chia seeds, egg white or isolate whey powder. Wake up, eat and have a productive, happy day!