Dessert for breakfast could help you lose weight

Well, as long as you eat it for breakfast.

Researchers at the Tel Aviv University have found dessert as part of a 600-calorie balanced breakfast can actually help dieters lose weight and keep in off in the long run.

During a 32-week study, scientists found participants who gave in to their sweet cravings in the morning lost an average of 18 kg more than those who didn’t. The dessert group even managed to keep the weight off for longer.

The 193 clinically obese people used in the study were split up into two groups that ate exactly the same amount of calories a day – the men in each group consumed 1 600 and the women 1 400 calories. 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, such as chocolate.

The study, published in the journal Steroids, explains the trick is to indulge in the morning, to giving yourself time to work off your sugary snack during the day.

“A meal in the morning provides energy for the day's tasks, aids in brain functioning, and kick-starts the body's metabolism, making it crucial for weight loss and maintenance,” says researcher Professor Daniela Jakubowicz. “And 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.”

“Curbing cravings is better than deprivation for weight-loss success.”

-Kirstin Buick