Weight Loss Tips
Oh my. My husband sometimes pours himself a second, more-sugary bowl of cereal in the morning (think Lucky Charms) and calls it "breakfast dessert." And I laugh and laugh and shake my head in that "you so crazy" way, because... c'mon. Right? Wrong! At least, if this study has anything to say about it...
Tel Aviv University researchers found that eating dessert with breakfast can help people lose more weight--and keep it off. The dessert has to be part of a 600-calorie breakfast that's balanced with carbs and protein (no Cap'n Crunch with a cruller).
Participants in the study who added cookies, cake, or chocolate to their breakfast lost an average of 40 pounds over the course of 32 weeks--and kept it off--while participants who avoided morning desserts and ate 300-calorie breakfasts lost about 33 pounds. But then they regained 22. (Both groups ate the same number of total calories for the entire day: 1600 calories for men, 1400 for women.)
The researchers say that indulging in something sweet in the morning, when the body's metabolism is at its calorie-burning best, helps stave off sugar cravings for the rest of the day; and that people with highly restrictive diets end up straying from their eating plans.
Whoa. So now the question is: do I tell my husband about this study or not? (Ha.)
Do you eat a big breakfast (with or without cookies and cake)? What did you have today?
More on breakfast and weight:
* Weight Loss News: Beware of This Kind of Breakfast
* Calorie Math: Eat More Breakfast
* Breakfast at Your Desk: Sugar-Free, Grain-Free Muffins