British Journal of Nutrition

Short Communication

Increased dietary protein consumed at breakfast leads to an initial and sustained feeling of fullness during energy restriction compared to other meal times

Heather J. Leidya1a2 c1, Mandi J. Bossinghama1, Richard D. Mattesa1 and Wayne W. Campbella1

a1 Department of Foods & Nutrition, Ingestive Behavior Research Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA

a2 Department of Dietetics & Nutrition, The University of Kansas Medical Center, 3901 Rainbow Blvd, Kansas City, KS 66160, USA


The objective of the study was to assess whether the timing of increased dietary protein throughout the day influences the feelings of fullness during energy balance (EB) and restriction (ER). Nine men (age 48 (sem 6) years; BMI 32·7 (sem 0·7) kg/m2) randomly completed five controlled feeding trials, each consisting of 3 d of EB, followed by 3 d of ER of a 3138 kJ/d (750 kcal/d) reduction). The diet was composed of a normal amount of protein (NP) (0·8 g protein/kg per d), or an additional amount of protein (HP) (+0·6 g protein/kg per d) given at breakfast (HP-B), lunch (HP-L), dinner (HP-D) or equally divided among all meals (HP-E). Meal-related (3 h postprandial) and overall (15 h composite) feelings of fullness were assessed from thirteen-point, numbered, linear category scale questionnaires (reported as arbitrary units (au)). When comparing HP treatments, the data are presented as difference from NP. No differences in meal-related or overall fullness were observed among HP treatments during EB. During ER, the HP-B led to greater meal-related fullness (+137 (sem 44) au × 180 min) compared to HP-D ( − 1 (sem 37) au × 180 min; P = 0·003), but not for HP-L (+62 (sem 53) au × 180 min; P = 0·188) or HP-E-B (+92 (sem 85) au × 180 min; P = 0·587). HP-B also led to greater overall (15 h) fullness (+404 (sem 162) au × 900 min) v. HP-L (+33 (sem 162) au × 900 min; P = 0·009) and HP-D ( − 60 (sem 132) au × 900 min; P = 0·05), but not HP-E (+274 (sem 165) au × 900 min; P = 0·188). The initial and sustained feelings of fullness following protein consumption at breakfast suggests that the timing of protein intake differentially influences satiety during ER.

(Received March 28 2008)

(Revised June 02 2008)

(Accepted June 23 2008)

(Online publication September 02 2008)


c1 Corresponding author: Dr Heather J. Leidy, The University of Kansas Medical Center, fax +1 913 588 8946, email


Abbreviations: au, arbitrary units; EB, energy balance; ER, energy restriction; HP, higher protein; HP-B, HP breakfast; HP-D, HP dinner; HP-E, HP equally divided among all meals; HP-L, HP lunch; NP, normal protein