A high protein diet can boost a hunger suppressing hormone called PPY, helping you “feel full” longer.
Protein consumed with carbohydrates will slow down the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream which will stop your blood sugar from spiking and help cut-down future cravings.
Protein has a higher thermal effect than carbohydrates or fats. In other words, your body burns more calories digesting protein than carbs or fats and protein preserves calorie burning muscle.
Protein is needed for muscle repair and growth. After strength training or intense exercising a high protein snack is recommended to supply your body with the necessary nutrients needed for repair and growth.
Protein should supply you with 15 – 20% of your total daily caloric intake. Too much protein can lead to weight gain, just like too many carbohydrates or fats. Excess protein can lead to kidney problems over the long term.
A balanced diet should always be your goal.