Eat sweets at breakfast to lose weight
Those with a weakness for sweets can now include cookies and cake in a 600 calorie breakfast menu with some proteins and carbs to shed weight in a pleasurable way and also stay slim.
Attempting to avoid sweets entirely can create a psychological addiction to these same foods in the long-term, explains Daniela Jakubowicz, professor at Tel Aviv University`s Sackler Faculty of Medicine, who led the study.
Over the course of a 32-week-long study, participants who added dessert to their breakfast – cookies, cake, or chocolate – lost an average of 40 pounds more than a group that avoided such foods, the journal Steroids reports.
What`s more, they kept off the pounds longer. 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, according to a Tel Aviv statement.
And breakfast is the meal that most successfully regulates ghrelin, the hormone that increases hunger, explains Jakubowicz. While the level of ghrelin rises before every meal, it is suppressed most effectively at breakfast time.