Figuring out how to reduce sugar cravings isn't easy. Your most unrelenting cravings for sugar may come first thing in the morning. This is because your brain burns glucose — or sugar — for energy. And if you eat three square meals a day, nighttime is your longest fast.
But fight the urge to binge on sugar first thing in the morning and instead eat protein, and you will be more likely to feel full and energized throughout the day. This means less grazing between meals on sugar-filled drinks and snacks.
Researchers have discovered that eating more protein can help to increase satiety, with the potential to curb sugar cravings and support weight loss. Body Ecology’s new Fermented Protein Shake offers a quick and tasty protein source at any meal, with 15 grams of vegan protein per serving.
If you follow the principles of the Body Ecology Diet while choosing protein-rich breakfast foods and snacks, you’ll find that excess weight quickly drops away.
For example, breakfast. The old adage is true: Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.1
Eating breakfast is linked to:
This helps to explain why a balanced, protein-filled breakfast can stave off sugar cravings and support weight loss.
Indeed, scientists have found that eating more protein than you might get in a cereal-based breakfast increases satiety through a constellation of hormones, such as:
Put simply, eating protein instead of sweet carbs improves blood sugar and helps you feel satisfied. If you eat a protein-rich breakfast (roughly 30 grams of protein), you will feel less hungry throughout the day and eat less at lunchtime.4
In one study published in the International Journal of Obesity, researchers found that overweight women who ate protein for breakfast five times a week for eight weeks saw 65 percent more weight loss compared to those who ate bagels for breakfast.5 They were also 34 percent more likely to trim down their waistline.
But breakfast isn’t the only meal of the day that can benefit from more protein. In the United States, almost one third of food and drinks consumed are snack foods — such as desserts, salty and fatty snacks, flavored coffee drinks, and candy.6,7 These foods fill you up, but they’re a poor source of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. In 2014, University of Missouri researchers found that when young women ate a protein-rich snack, they felt less hungry during the day and ate less at dinner.8
At Body Ecology, we suggest that you fill 80 percent of your plate with non-starchy vegetables, cultured vegetables, and alkalizing sea vegetables. You can fill the remaining 20 percent of your plate with animal foods or grain-like seeds, both of which are high in protein.
Remember, a high-protein meal can mean up to 30 grams of protein on your plate.
This is the equivalent of five eggs. Or nearly four cups of cooked quinoa. If you want to lose weight, eat the Body Ecology way and limit cravings with protein-filled foods — the easiest way to do this is by adding a Fermented Protein Shake to your meal.
Body Ecology’s tasty new Fermented Protein Shake, available in Chocolate and Coconut, contains 15 grams of easy-to-digest protein per serving! It also boasts a selection of superfoods that help to control blood sugar and increase weight loss — such as medicinal mushrooms and Hebridean sea kelp.
Try filling up on protein the Body Ecology way, and you’ll find that weight loss can be delicious and easy.
What’s the one thing missing from your diet that could be sabotaging your weight loss efforts and increasing your cravings for sugar? If you guessed “more protein,” you would be right.
Research supports the fact that breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day — and a balanced, protein-rich breakfast can help to reduce sugar cravings and support weight loss. Eating more protein at breakfast and throughout the day can help you to feel more satisfied and less hungry so that you automatically eat less at your next meal.
To increase protein healthfully and in a way that supports natural weight loss, Body Ecology recommends following the 80/20 rule: Fill up 80 percent of your plate with non-starchy vegetables, cultured vegetables, and alkalizing sea vegetables and the remaining 20 percent with a protein source, like animal foods or grain-like seeds. You can easily boost protein and nutrition at any meal with Body Ecology’s delicious new Fermented Protein Shake, a complete vegan protein source and probiotic shake that comes in Chocolate and Coconut flavors.
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