Yes, you read that right. In a study that’s a chocolate-lover’s fantasy, people who ate a balanced breakfast of 600 calories that included dessert, lost much more weight than people who consumed a measly 300 calories for their morning meal.
While most weight-loss efforts shun cookies, cake and chocolate all together, researchers at Tel Aviv University say denying ourselves those treats can cause an addiction to them later on. Instead, consuming the goodies in the morning, when the body’s metabolism is fully charged, actually reduces cravings later in the day and the body is better poised to burn off the calories.
During the study, 193 obese study participants where divided into two groups. The first group was assigned to low-carbohydrate diets with 300-calorie breakfasts, while the other group ate 600-calorie (including dessert) breakfasts that balanced carbohydrates and protein. All of the women ate 1,400 calories per day and the men ate 1,600 calories per day. Halfway through the study, both groups lost an average of 33 pounds.
However, those who ate the smaller breakfast gave in to temptation and regained 22 pounds by the end of the 32-week study, whereas the bigger breakfast eaters lost another 15 pounds. In fact, the breakfast plus dessert group lost an average of 40 more pounds during the course of the study compared to their counterparts.
The researchers said the key was controlling cravings by indulging in the morning versus cutting carbs to unrealistically low levels and feeling unsatisfied and still hungry.
To get more information on how to choose the best carbohydrates for your diet, pick up the winter issue of NewBeauty Magazine, which is on newsstands now. You’ll learn which carbs to look for and which to avoid during your next trip to the grocery store.
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