Researcher examines protein in men's diets

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Researcher examines protein in men's diets

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Published on 6 March 2014

A University of the Sunshine Coast Honours student in Nutrition and Dietetics is about to start dishing up free feeds as part of new research into weight management strategies.

Daniel Shyhun, of Scarborough, said his project would investigate what amount of protein in a meal maximised feelings of fullness in overweight men, and what influence this had on their subsequent food consumption.

“The increasing prevalence of obesity in Australia highlights the importance of exploring food and fluid strategies that promote weight control,” Daniel said.

“Current research suggests that consuming food that maximises satiety – the condition of fullness – may be critical in promoting and maintaining weight loss.

“However, research is limited in identifying the ideal amount of a meal-time protein, when used in combination with other fullness-enhancing strategies, to maximise feelings of fullness and help limit total energy intake.”

Daniel said the knowledge gained by identifying the ideal amount of protein in a meal could be translated into practical advice to help people control their food intake and achieve a healthy body weight.

He is seeking volunteers to participate. Men with a body mass index greater than 25 who are willing to record a food diary and attend USC’s Sippy Downs campus on four days to eat free meals can email dps008@student.usc.edu.au.

Julie Schomberg

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