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8 scientific weight loss tips

Sunday, Sep 02, 2012
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#3. Add more protein and low-fat dairy to your diet

According to research done in 2007, the consumption of protein releases a chemical called Peptide YY (PYY).

This chemical in turn travels to the brain and suppresses hunger signals. According to AsapSCIENCE, simply adding 10 per cent more protein to your food can keep you full for much longer.

"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," said Rachel L. Batterham, MD, of University College London.

Low-fat dairy on the other hand contains calcium. What calcium does is that it favours fat burning rather than fat storage. It has also been hypothised that calcium bind to fats to create a suplex substance that can't be absorbed.

If it sounds similar to the Atkins Diet - a diet that advocates no-carb meals - it's not. Atkin dieters typically end up eating plenty of fat and oil along with meat - which results in more calories consumed.

The key here is to eat low-fat options. Dairy products provide rich amounts of protein and vital nutrients, but are also known to be rich in saturated fat.

Opt for low-fat dairy products, such as skim or low-fat milk, yoghurt, cottage cheese and hard cheeses instead. According to Livestrong.com, one cup of skim milk contains about 9g of protein and only trace amounts of fat.

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