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Why You Should Add Apricots to Your Weight Loss Diet Plan

If you’re looking to lose some weight, recent research has recommended that you add apricots, among nine other foods, to your weight loss diet plan.

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Why You Should Add Apricots to Your Weight Loss Diet Plan

If you’re looking to lose some weight, recent research has recommended that you add apricots, among nine other foods, to your weight loss diet plan. The study has shown that they contain amino acids that may help you get fuller faster. Now keep a look out for these foods on your favorite restaurants’ menus.

The Study

The Warwick University study identified the key brain cells that contribute to appetite control- a type of brain cell called “tanycytes.” The cells control your body’s energy levels and directly tell your brain what you’ve eaten and when you’ve had enough.

It particularly found that the two amino acids it responds to the most are lysine and arginine. So which foods harbor the most of these amino acids?

Apricots, avocadoes, almonds, lentils, pork shoulder, chicken, beef stirloin, mackerel and plums!

Now you know which ingredients to focus on when eating out at your favorite restaurants and cafes.

Nicholas Dale, a neuroscience professor at Warwick University, commented on this, saying:

"Amino acid levels in blood and brain following a meal are a very important signal that imparts the sensation of feeling full. Finding that tanycytes, located at the centre of the brain region that controls body weight, directly sense amino acids has very significant implications for coming up with new ways to help people to control their body weight within healthy bounds."

In other words, eating a lot of these foods can help you get fuller faster- a perfect addition to your weight loss diet plan.

Other Weight Loss Tricks?

So what are some other neat tricks to help you lose weight? Another study has shown that protein-rich breakfasts can help curb your appetite throughout your day. 

When participants were given either a high-protein eggs and sausage breakfast, or a low-protein pancake and syrup breakfast, the high protein group overate less throughout the day. The study particularly focused on women, but you can try this as a man too and see if it works!

"Eating a breakfast rich in protein significantly improves appetite control and may help women to avoid overeating later in the day," said the study’s principal investigator, Kevin Maki.

Heather Leidy, a Missouri University assistant professor, who specializes in appetite regulation also pointed out an unhealthy breakfast trend in the country. "In the USA, many people choose to skip breakfast or choose low protein foods because of lack of high protein convenient choices. These results demonstrate that commercially prepared convenient protein-rich meals can help women feel full until lunch time and potentially avoid overeating and improve diet quality."

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