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Dessert For Breakfast Can Help Dieters

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Dessert For Breakfast Can Help Dieters

Dessert for breakfast can help dieters keep off the pounds…

As crazy as it sounds, a new study has found that dieters who consume a high-calorie dessert-based breakfast performed better in their weight-loss programs over a long period of time compared with those who don’t eat sweet food early in the morning.

In the study, which involved 144 obese people between the ages of 20 – 65, researchers gave the participants low-carbohydrate diets each providing 1,400 daily calories for women and 1,600 for men. Both diets were exact the same, except one group was given a choice of high calorie foods breakfast including cookies, chocolate, ice cream or cake.

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A Sweet Breakfast Can Help Dieters With Weight Loss

Image Credit: Jessica Tam, 2010.

As well as the amount of weight lost, the researchers also measure levels of insulin, glucose, lipid – cells that store energy, and ghrelin a hormone that stimulates appetite.

During the initial 16 weeks, the weight loss for each group was similar, an average of 32lbs, but in the following 16 weeks, the high calorie breakfast group were able to lose a further 13lbs on average, whereas the other actually gained an average weight of 3.5lbs.

Researchers found that those eating the desert-based breakfast had safe blood sugar levels, lower levels of ghrelin and an overall high level of fullness.

Lead author, Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz of Tel Aviv University, said:

“Most people simply regain weight, no matter what diet they are on. But if you eat what you like, you decrease cravings. The cake — a small piece — is important.”

While the study is too small to be conclusive, it does illustrate that diligent dieting is not always affected by the odd bite of something sweet, in fact it goes to show that allowing one to self to indulge may actually help maintain your calorie controlled diet.

The study was published in the March 10th issue of the journal Steroids.


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