You Can Have Cake For Breakfast
Mom always said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. She also said that you can never have dessert after you have your turkey bacon and eggs. However, a new study out of Tel Aviv University in Tel Aviv, Israel has found reason to support a theory that combined with a 600-calorie diet balanced with carbohydrates and protein, dessert after breakfast can actually keep the weight off.
Prof. Daniela Jakubowicz said that eating dessert after breakfast is better than at night because your metabolism is most active in the morning. This way, Jakubowicz said people will have more time to burn off the excess calories throughout the day. Jakubowicz also said that people should not avoid these foods either because if you avoid them, it will create a psychological addiction to that food. Jakubowicz also said that eating sweets early on can help control cravings to curb that mental
dependence on specific foods.
Jakubowicz said that the study was over a 32 week period to a group of 193 clinically obese, non-diabetic men and women. They were then assigned to two random groups which followed an identical caloric intake. In the study, the men consume 1,600 calories and the women eat 1,400 calories. A major difference is that members of the first group were given a low carb diet which has participants eating a small 300 calorie breakfast. The second group of participants was given a larger 600 calorie breakfast which was high in both protein and carbohydrates. The second group’s breakfast also included something sweet like a chocolate cupcake or brownie. During the mid-point of the study, members of both groups lost an average of 33 pounds. Despite promising results in the beginning of the study, the research’s outcome changed in the second half of the analysis. The first group which ate a low carb diet regained an average of 22 pounds, whereas members of the second group lost another 15 pounds. At the end of the research study, members of the second group lost 40 pounds more than their peers in the other group.
Jakubowicz said that one of the biggest obstacles people have in their everyday lives is actually keeping the weight they lost, off. When thinking about it, having sweets in the morning rather than as a midnight snack may help people lose more weight because it can boosts a person’s metabolism and also creates a balanced diet between protein and carbohydrates. Plus, it dispels the theory that my mom always told me: you CAN eat sweets and won’t ruin your dinner!
For more information, please visit: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0039128X11003515.