OK, I was a little shocked by this, but the first time I tried drinking a protein shake with lunch, I didn't feel the desire to overeat at dinner. I thought maybe it worked because I wanted it to, but after trying it for a week straight, it really did make a huge difference in my satiety. Emotionally, I didn't feel the need to reach for more food after dinner because physically, I felt a different sense of fullness that I can only attribute to the extra protein I had at lunchtime.
Reaching my daily protein goal not only helped me feel fuller all day, especially at dinnertime, but I also noticed that it helped me feel stronger during my workouts. Protein for the win! I'll definitely keep this up, and although a protein shake is an easy option, I do prefer getting my protein from actual food instead. So while some days I'll reach for protein powder out of convenience, other days I'll aim to incorporate more whole-food protein options into my lunch instead.