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Overeating is a Natural Urge. Protein Can Help You Combat it

After a long day it’s easy to sit down on the couch, watch your favorite show and grab some unhealthy snacks. You might have some potato chips, then eat dinner and follow that up with a bowl of ice cream. Sometimes when there’s a ton of food in front of you, it’s difficult to resist the urge to overeat.

Why is that? As it turns out, humans have been prone to overeating for thousands of years, before we had a steady food supply.

“If a Stone Age woman came across a tree groaning with figs, the most sensible thing to do was to eat as many of them as she could on the spot, before the local baboon band picked the tree bare. The instinct to gorge on high-calorie food was hard-wired into our genes. Today we may be living in high-rise apartments with over-stuffed refrigerators, but our DNA still thinks we are in the savannah,” writes Yuval Noah Harari in the book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.  

The next time you feel like gorging on food, don’t feel bad; it’s only natural. While it’s instinctual to overeat, there are ways to regulate your appetite. Here are a few tips for managing your appetite and combatting overeating:

1) Make sure you’re consuming enough protein.

Protein is not only great for muscle growth and recovery, but it’s also a natural appetite suppressant. If you want to make your meals more filling, try adding a scoop of unflavored BiPro Whey Protein Isolate to them. BiPro’s protein powder can easily be mixed into healthy snacks like yogurt, smoothies and oatmeal to give them added protein. If you’re in a hurry, BiPro Protein Water is a great-tasting, portable protein shake that’s only 90 calories per bottle with zero grams of sugar, carbohydrate or fat.

2) Eat a sizeable breakfast to regulate appetite.

People often say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day… and they’ve got a point. Breakfast gives your body fuel when you wake up so you can have a productive morning. The first meal of the day is also beneficial for regulating the appetite. A study from the University of Missouri found that a high-protein breakfast can help people control their hunger better throughout the day.

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