No I haven’t gone off the rails and I’m not trying to jeopardise your diet, and as strange as it might sound, but contrary to popular belief, a new weight lost study is claiming that a sweet desert after breakfast can actually help you lose weight and maintain your weight loss better.
Yeah, my jaw dropped as low as yours did too when I first read that… Can this be true… Can eating dessert with breakfast help you lose weight? The results of this new study are saying you can.
What possessed anyone to even study this, as a weight loss option in the first place is beyond me, where do they get the ideas for these studies? Well they studied it anyway and the results are in. Here are the results reported by the Huffington Post.
Study: Can Eating Dessert With Breakfast Help You Lose Weight?
You occasionally get dessert with dinner — and once in a blue moon, you might splurge on a sweet with lunch (Hey, it was 90 degrees out! Ice cream was practically a necessity.) But if you’re trying to achieve or maintain a healthy weight, do you ever have a dessert course with your breakfast? Probably not.
Meet some scientists who think you should start: Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz of Tel Aviv University’s Wolfson Medical Center and colleagues found that non-diabetic obese adults who were interested in weight loss were able to reduce their weights and their cravings if they ate a breakfast full of carbs, protein and … dessert.
Yup, dessert. Participants in the study who ate a big breakfast that included a sweet course lost more weight, kept more weight off, reported feeling less hungry for the rest of the day and had fewer cravings.
“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,” said Jakubowicz in a statement.
The study, which was presented at the Endocrine Society’s 94th Annual Meeting in Houston, involved 193 men and women who were already obese but were not diabetic. The researchers split them into two groups: while all of the men ate a 1,600 calorie diet and all of the women ate a 1,400 calorie one, one group ate 300 calories for breakfast, 500 for lunch and 600 for dinner, while the other had the reverse, 600-500-300 calorie pattern. Those who ate the 300 calorie breakfast had 10 grams of carbohydrate and 30 grams of protein. The second group ate a 600 calorie breakfast with 45 grams of protein and 60 grams of carbs — and that included a small portion of sweets: chocolate, a doughnut, a cookie or cake.
Those in the dessert breakfast group ate 20 percent of daily calories from carbohydrates, nearly 50 percent from protein and about 30 percent from fat, according to a report of the study. By contrast, the low-carb breakfast group ate about 11 to 13 percent of calories from carbohydrates and 44 to 52 percent protein and 38-43.5 percent for fat.
After four months, members of both groups had lost an average 30 to 33 pounds per person. But in the following four months (the study’s “maintenance period”), the low-carb group had regained 22 pounds, while the dessert group continued to lose weight, on average 15 pounds — a significant difference. Continue reading the rest of the article here.
I’m a bit sceptical of this study, as I don’t think it was done fairly. Even though the two groups consumed the same amount of calories throughout the day, those who had dessert with their breakfast, had a much larger breakfast of 600 calories as compared to the other group who started their day with a 300-calorie breakfast.
I wonder what the result would be if they ate a 600 calorie breakfast, but without the dessert. Could it be possible that you could still achieve the same results by starting your day with a large healthy breakfast that would have you snacking less throughout the day?
To add to my scepticism, other health experts that contributed to the article on The Huffington Post stated that it’s not good for your overall health to start your day with trans fats, and this type of diet should not be encouraged.
I know, I know, you’re saying “I knew it was to good to be true” and even though the results of this study says you can lose weight by having dessert with breakfast – would you want to, think about it, if you wanted to, you would, the only thing that is stopping you is your appetite, I know I couldn’t face cakes or doughnuts first thing in the morning.
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