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Breakfast Desserts Combat Weight Gain

Wednesday, 27 Jun 2012 11:39 AM


For donut lovers, the news is good.
It may seem contradictory, but new research has confirmed the notion – long believed by some nutritionists — that having sweets with breakfast can actually help you avoid weight gain by reducing cravings for treats during the day.
Tel Aviv University doctors have found dieters have less hunger and a lower desire for sweets throughout the day — and are better able to keep off lost weight — if they eat a carbohydrate-rich, protein-packed breakfast that includes dessert.
"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 Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz, who led the study, presented at The Endocrine Society's 94th Annual Meeting in Houston this week.
Jakubowicz, a physician at Tel Aviv University's Wolfson Medical Center in Israel, and colleagues based their findings on a study of nearly 200 obese adults who were randomly assigned to eat one of two low-calorie diets. Both diets had the same number of daily calories — about 1,600 for men and 1,400 for women — but included different breakfast foods.
One group ate a 304-calorie breakfast with only 10 grams of carbs and no sweets. The other group ate a 600-calorie breakfast with 60 grams of carbs, which included a small sweet, such as chocolate, a doughnut, a cookie or cake. Both diets contained protein (such as tuna, egg whites, cheese and low-fat milk) at breakfast, but the "dessert with breakfast diet" had 45 grams of protein, 15 grams more than the low-carb diet.
During the course of the eight-month study, people in both groups lost an average of 33 pounds. But researchers said the low-carb group ended up regaining an average of 22 pounds, while those on the dessert-with-breakfast diet lost another 15 pounds each.
What’s more, those who ate the dessert with breakfast diet reported feeling less hunger and fewer cravings during the day than the other group, which made them less likely to consume unhealthy foods after breakfast.
Researchers noted tests showed people who ate sweets at breakfast had lower levels of ghrelin — a hormone associated with hunger — than those who did not.


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