Does Eating Dessert with Breakfast Make You... Lose More Weight?


By Lexi Petronis, Glamour magazine

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...

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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?

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