February 8, 2012

Effective Diet includes chocolate cake for Breakfast?

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I feel like I am being punked. Researchers from Tel Aviv University have found that dessert with breakfast can help dieters to lose more weight.

Desperately seeking science to backup this claim, I see that the researchers worked off of the premise that the metabolism is most active in the morning. Assuming that you indulge in the desserts along with a balanced 600-calorie breakfast that includes proteins and carbohydrates – you are more likely to work off the calories throughout the day.

There’s  a bit of psychology to explain the AM delights – diverting deprivation.  Avoiding temptations can cultivate an addiction, of sorts, to the foods you are intentionally cutting out.  By adding dessert items to breakfast  it can control cravings throughout the day.

More science backing this practice is that  breakfast is the meal that most successfully regulates ghrelin, the hormone that increases hunger. While the level of ghrelin rises before every meal, it is suppressed most effectively at breakfast time.

Here’s the breakdown of the subjects: 193 clinically obese, non-diabetic adults were randomly assigned to one of two diet groups with identical caloric intake — the men consumed 1600 calories per day and the women 1400.

However, the first group was given a low carbohydrate diet including a small 300 calorie breakfast, and the second was given a 600 calorie breakfast high in protein and carbohydrates, always including a dessert item (i.e. chocolate).

Over the course of a 32 week-long study participants who added dessert to their breakfast — cookies, cake, or chocolate — lost an average of 40 lbs. more than a group that avoided such foods.

Halfway through the study, both groups had lost an average of 33 lbs. but the second half of the study showed drastic differences in the groups. The participants in the low-carbohydrate group regained an average of 22 lbs. per person, but participants in the group with a larger breakfast lost another 15 lbs. each. The post script of this study is that the participants who had the sunrise sweets kept the pounds off longer.

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