In their quest for arriving at intelligent ways to conquer the ubiquitous problem of the bulge, scientists from Britain have narrowed down on the benefits of protein rich diet vis a vis carbohydrate or fat laden diet, that can effectively reduce hunger. This results in consumption of fewer calories that wards off obesity. The investigators report that consuming more protein activates and enhances the quantity of peptide YY (PYY), a hormone that actually curbs hunger. Study leader Rachel Batterham, of University College London, said "We've now found that increasing the protein content of the diet augments the body's own PYY, helping to reduce hunger and aid weight loss." The research team analyzed the effects of a high protein diet on obese as wells as people with normal weight. The researchers found that a high protein diet triggered the release of PYY in higher levels, which was not the case when the diet was high on carbohydrate or fat. Higher levels of PYY effectively brought down the pangs of hunger, resulting in the consumption of fewer calories. This finding was further substantiated after detailed studies on rodents, where It was found, enhanced levels of PYY caused the rodents to actually eat less and gain less weight as compared to the mice who consumed normal levels of protein. In contrast, genetically modified mice that were incapable of producing PYY and resistant to the influence of a high protein diet were found to eat more and turn obese. This led scientists to be confident about the link between protein and PYY, and consequently its effects on hunger. Further research on this subject would be necessary before a specific high protein diet could be advised, the researchers said. Source: MedindiaSAV << Study States That CNS Could Regulate Arthritis Women delaying motherhood 'should freeze eggs' >> Recommended Reading Body Mass Index The BMI calculator helps you assess your weight indicating if it is normal or if you are underweight or overweight, based on your height. READ MORE Atkins Diet Atkins diet is a low carbohydrate diet and aids in weight loss. It was developed by Robert Atkins. READ MORE Hunger Fullness and Weight Control An erratic way of eating or any metabolic disturbance in the hunger fullness signals is one of the major causes of obesity. READ MORE Lifestyle Modification: No Big Deal! Simple and practically possible lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in improving our health status without actually putting much effort. READ MORE Low Carbohydrate Diet A low carbohydrate diet helps achieve weight loss. It is a diet plan that restricts the carbohydrate intake. READ MORE Macrobiotic Diet Macrobiotics is an Oriental theory that lays down guidelines for promoting well-being and longevity through systematic diet consisting mainly of whole grains and beans. READ MORE Negative Calorie Diet The History of dieting probably dates back to the year 1807. It was believed that King William suddenly felt the urge to lose weight after he found it difficult to ride his horse due to weight gain. READ MORE South Beach Diet South Beach Diet plan originally developed to prevent heart disease, soon gained popularity as weight loss diet plan. This diet plan was developed by Dr.Arthur Agaston and Marie Almon. READ MORE Weight Loss with Hypnosis – Does It Work? Hypnosis indirectly helps with weight loss by altering the consciousness through suggestions and imagery to a more positive state. READ MORE Why Do We Eat - Nutrition Facts The importance of eating food and the physiological, psychological and social functions of food. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Indian Medical Journals How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips The Essence of Yoga More News on: Low Carbohydrate DietAtkins DietSouth Beach DietNegative Calorie DietWhy Do We Eat - Nutrition FactsDiet Lifestyle and Heart DiseaseMacrobiotic DietLifestyle Modification: No Big Deal!Hunger Fullness and Weight ControlWeight Loss with Hypnosis – Does It Work?