Lack of protein causes overeating and weight gain! 5 ways to deal with it

Your unwarranted hunger, which occasionally drives you to overeat, can happen due to a number of causes. Yet, one of the main causes of this is a dietary deficit, particularly a lack of protein. You are more able to succeed and regain control over your hunger, cravings, and binge eating when your body is given the proper nutrition. But, a protein deficiency might make you feel hungry more frequently and potentially contribute to weight gain.

Health Shots got in touch with Deepti Lokeshappa, Senior Consultant and Nutritionist, and Dietician, Motherhood Hospitals, Indiranagar, Bengaluru, to find out why a lack of protein in your diet can cause you to overeat and how it can be prevented.

Lack of protein can lead to overeating and obesity

Many people believe that foods high in protein and fat can make them gain weight. But, they actually help with weight loss. How? Well, protein increases numerous satiety hormones and lowers the appetite hormone. As a result, you won’t overeat because you’ll feel satisfied for a longer time. It can also help in weight loss. On the other side, inadequate protein intake may lead to increased appetite, weight gain, and obesity.

Science behind the link between protein deficiency and overeating

A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Sydney has found that protein hunger may be a driving force behind overeating and obesity. The study suggests that a lack of protein in the body can trigger hunger and lead to overeating. You may end up eating foods high in unhealthy fats and sugar.