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Can protein powder help weightloss?

Wednesday, 20th February, 2019 5:02pm

A new food trial is launching which aims to investigate whether the use of protein powder can help reduce levels of visceral fat.
Atlantia Food Clinical Trials is hosting the trial. Visceral fat is the fat that is stored around your organs and the trial will see if protein powder can help reduce this in people with metabolic syndrome.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults were overweight.

Excessive levels of visceral fat, commonly known as central obesity, has been linked to inflammatory diseases, and higher rates of mortality.

To be eligible to participate in the study you must have a BMI of between 27 and 40kg/m2 in addition to metabolic syndrome which occurs in a person when they have central obesity in addition to, suffering from or taking medication for at least two of the following conditions:


* Low levels of HDL (good) cholesterol or on medications for six months

* High triglycerides or on medications for six months

* High blood pressure or on medications for six months

* High blood glucose (sugars) and be non-diabetic

Successful applicants for this study will take part over a 12 week period, taking the protein supplement daily, completing a few simple health questionnaires and attending four visits to Atlantia’s clinic in Blackpool, across that period.

As is standard with all studies, each volunteer is offered a free health check at their visit and in this case, a full blood test and consultation with the study doctor as part of the screening eligibility process.

As part of the study, Atlantia’s dietitian will design a specific hypo-caloric diet plan for each participant – which requires a reduction in your total daily calories from your normal intake.

The dietitian will also call each participant, once per week, to ensure that they do not encounter any major difficulties in following the plan.

An additional benefit to participating is that you receive three DXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) scans and three MRIs, all of which are fully payed for by Atlantia.


If you would like to take part in the study with Atlantia call 021-4307442 or contact the recruitment officer directly on 087-2254257.

If you are interested in getting involved in food research with Atlantia but do not meet the criteria for this trial, there are numerous studies upcoming with them.

To hear about them first, you can sign up to the mailing list or see other current studies on Atlantia.ie.

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