'Eating more protein' strategy helps women lose weight

'Eating more protein' strategy helps women lose weight
Women who report "eating more protein" as a weight loss strategy achieve weight loss over two years, according to a study published in the May issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

(HealthDay)—Women who report "eating more protein" as a weight loss strategy achieve weight loss over two years, according to a study published in the May issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

Noel D. Aldrich, Ph.D., from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minn., and colleagues analyzed data from a national survey of 1,824 midlife women (aged 40 to 60 years) from the nine U.S. geographic regions. The participants were primarily married (71 percent), white (76 percent), and well-educated; about half reported being postmenopausal (49 percent). The correlation between weight change, , and the practice of "eating more protein" to prevent weight gain was assessed.

The researchers found that most participants were able to correctly identify good protein sources, and could indicate the daily percent recommended from protein. Forty-three percent of participants reported "eating more protein" as a practice to prevent weight gain. This practice correlated with weight loss over a two-year period and with an increase in the percent of energy from protein.

"Reported use of this practice was related to self-reported weight loss over two years," the authors write. "Women may need more information regarding protein energy content and effective selection of protein sources to enhance protein intake as a weight management strategy."

More information: Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Weight loss programs via virtual reality

Apr 26, 2013

Weight loss is a topic of concern for nearly 36% of Americans who are considered obese. There are many barriers that can interfere with weight loss. For those attending face-to-face weight loss programs, barriers can include ...

Recommended for you

Kids eat better if their parents went to college

22 minutes ago

Children of college-educated parents eat more vegetables and drink less sugar, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia. But it's still not enough, the study goes on to say, as all kids are falling ...

Asia's rising tobacco epidemic

5 hours ago

Smoke-filled bars and packed cancer wards reflect decades of neglect of no-smoking policies in Asia, where both high- and low-income countries are belatedly waking up to a growing tobacco-related health ...

User comments

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Sean_W
not rated yet May 11, 2013
As long as they don't cut carbs too low as many Atkins diet people did, only to find that the third week resulted in sever depression.