A specific diet plan which consists of plenty of protein is believed to help shed the extra pounds in no time.
For those with bigger weight loss goals, you can expect to lose almost a stone in just 16 weeks.
The findings were made by scientists from the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA and the Oregon Health and Science University, Portland.
For the study, the researches put 19 test subjects on a specific diet, which consisted of protein, fat and carbohydrate, for 16 weeks in total.
The diet plan was then split into two shorter stints and one long stint, and test subjects were made to eat different proportions of protein, fat and carbohydrate in all three sessions.
The results showed that increasing the amount of protein intake while keeping the consumption of carbohydrates constant produced impressive weight loss.
The test subjects found they lost almost 12lbs in 16 weeks – nearly a stone – thanks to the specific diet.
The scientists concluded: “This effect of protein may contrite to the weight loss produced by low-carbohydrate diets.”
Once source of protein is eggs – and another study shows eating them for breakfast could be the fasted route to weight loss.
Egg breakfasts have been shown to cause up to 65 per cent greater weight loss over eight weeks.
A study published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health showed the weight loss of healthy overweight or obese participants.
The group were assigned to Egg (E), Egg Diet (ED), Bagel (B) or Bagel Diet (BD) groups.
That meant they got either an egg breakfast containing two eggs (340 kcal) or a breakfast containing bagels matched for energy density and total energy for five days a week.
After just eight weeks, in comparison to the BD group, the ED group showed a 61 per cent greater reduction in BMI.
Scientists conducting the research believe the egg breakfast enhances weight loss when combined with an energy-deficit diet.
However, it does not induce weight loss in a free-living condition – meaning you can’t eat eggs for breakfast and go wild the rest of the time and still expect weight loss.
The inclusion of eggs in a weight management program may offer a nutritious supplement to enhance weight loss, researchers concluded.