A high protein diet (∼35% of total calorie intake) consumed approx 6x a day throughout the day decreases body fat and abdominal body fat, as well as increasing lean body mass (muscle) and postprandial thermogenesis (elevated body temperature after eating), and favourably affects adipokines e.g. Leptin, (appetite suppressing hormone) more than the somewhat old fashioned recommendation of 3 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) consumed over the day, in overweight individuals when in energy balance, and negative energy in relation to requirements.
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