Eat beef for breakfast, lose weight

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What a person eats – or doesn’t eat – at breakfast could affect their eating behavior much later in the day according to a recent University of Missouri study. Researchers from Mizzou’s Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology studied groups of overweight or obese females between 18 and 20 years of age. One group skipped breakfast, which is typical for about 60 percent of young people. Another group ate a typical breakfast of ready-to-eat cereal and a third group ate a high-protein breakfast of eggs and lean beef. Each of the breakfasts consisted of 350 calories.

The researchers used blood tests, brain scans and questionnaires to evaluate the effects of each treatment on eating behavior later in the day. They found that either breakfast, and especially the high-protein breakfast, helped the subjects feel less hungry throughout the day compared with those who skipped breakfast. The high-protein breakfast also reduced production of hormones associated with hunger later in the day and reduced brain activity associated with late-day food cravings. Subjects in the high-protein group reported less evening snacking on high-fat foods compared with those who skipped breakfast.

The short-duration trial did not show differences in weight loss or weight gain, but researchers conclude that eating breakfast, particularly one rich in protein, “might be a useful strategy to improve satiety, reduce food motivation and reward, and improve diet quality in overweight or obese teenage girls.”

The research was partially funded by the Beef Checkoff and the paper is published in the April issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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bangalore  |  March, 28, 2013 at 01:34 PM

half baked article and it meat aint no good for health.....

usa  |  March, 28, 2013 at 03:35 PM

First off I think that having 350 calories at breakfast isn't enough if you're only eating 3 meals a day like a typical person. But I'm not surprised that eggs or beef would be a good way to start the day. When you're hungover or something what's the best thing to eat? EGGS! The proteins help replenish your body, I'm not too sure about beef though. If you're interested in reading about weight loss I would highly recommend you look at After the first time I stumbled onto their blog I started following Ron's plan and have lost almost 30 pounds. Thanks for the read!

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O  |  March, 29, 2013 at 03:32 PM

a waste of checkoff dollars. If you are going to fund do some due diligence and determine if the research is going to be valid, not this half-baked research.

SD  |  March, 30, 2013 at 06:11 PM

For those critical of this project: did you check to see exactly what was done to arrive at the suggestion of improvement in weight with a diet INCLUDING some beef for breakfast? Or what the checkoff $$$ spent bought? Remember, it is fellow cattle producers sitting on the CBB who decide what projects to fund. Have you bothered to give any suggestions to your state Beef Council members? A possibly broader based research project on diet done with Beef Checkoff has resulted in the BOLD diet, and it has enjoyed considerable success. Perhaps if those who criticize work of the Beef Checkoff would work as hard giving suggestions to your state Beef Council, your idea would result in ways to have even greater successes!

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