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Dessert with breakfast HELPS your diet (by beating cravings)
Hunger hormone levels dropped further among participants allowed a sweet treat in the morning
15:13 GMT, 26 June 2012
Adults who were allowed to have a cookie or cake with breakfast as part of a low-calorie diet lost more weight in the long-run than those who were not allowed a dessert
Good news for dieters – having a sweet treat at breakfast can actually help you lose pounds and keep them off for longer.
Scientists followed 200 non-diabetic obese adults who were randomly assigned to eat one of two low-calorie diets.
Although both diets had the same number of daily calories – about 1,600 for men and 1,400 for women – one included a large breakfast with a sweet treat such as a doughnut while the other allowed for a larger meal later in the day.
The researchers from Tel Aviv University said those who consumed the carbohydrate and protein-rich 600 calorie breakfast were more successful at sticking to their diets than those who had the 300 calorie morning meal.
They found that halfway through the eight-month study,
participants in both groups lost an average of 33 pounds per person.
However, in the last four months of the study, the
small-breakfast group regained an average of 22 pounds while the participants who ate the dessert with breakfast went on to lose another
15 pounds each.
Lead author Dr Daniel Jakubowicz, said: 'The goal of a weight loss diet should
be not only weight reduction but also reduction of hunger and cravings,
thus helping prevent weight regain.'
The study subjects who ate
the dessert with breakfast diet reported feeling less hunger and fewer
cravings compared with the other group.
Subjects' food diaries showed
that the dessert with breakfast group had better compliance in sticking
to their calorie requirements.
DESSERT BREAKFASTLOW-CAL BREAKFASTCALORIES600kcal304kcalCARBOHYDRATE60g – including dessert such as cookie, or cake10gPROTEIN (such as tuna, egg whites, cheese)45g30g
Blood tests also revealed levels of
ghrelin, the so-called 'hunger hormone,' dropped by 45 per cent in the
dessert group compared to 30 per cent in the other group.
Dr Jakubowicz attributed the better results from the dessert with breakfast diet to meal timing and composition. He said the diet's high protein content reduced hunger; the combination with carbohydrates left the participant feeling full, while the dessert kept sweet and fat cravings under control.
This study was published in the March issue of the journal Steroids.