Good news for the Kid in you, Not only can you eat cake for breakfast, It may actually help you keep weight off, a new study suggests”, Happy?
In the latest study, obese participants who ate a breakfast high in protein and carbohydrates that included a dessert were better able to stick to their diet and keep the pounds off longer than participants who ate a low-carb, low-calorie breakfast that did not include sweets.
Nutritionists say that eating something sweet at breakfast is all right, as long as it’s part of a healthy diet.
“The last thing you want to do is get to an evening meal, and be starving,” said Heather Mangieri, a nutrition consultant and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “That’s the time that so many people overeat.”
“Cake for breakfast”
The study involved 193 obese adults, half of whom were randomly assigned to eat a large, 600-calorie breakfast that included a “dessert” item, such as a cookie, cake or donut. The other half ate a small, 300- calorie breakfast. Both groups consumed the same total daily calories — 1,600 calories for men and 1,400 for women. (The group with a big breakfast ate a smaller dinner, of 300 or 400 calories.)
After 16 weeks of strictly following this diet, both groups had lost about the same amount of weight. However, during a follow-up period in which participants were advised to stick to the diet, but could eat more if they were motivated by hunger cravings, the small breakfast group gained 24 pounds, while the big breakfast group lost 15 pounds, on average.
In addition, those who ate the big breakfast with the dessert had lower levels of the “hunger” hormone ghrelin, and fewer food cravings than those who ate the small breakfast, without dessert.
When we diet, we’re hungrier, ghrelin levels rise and there’s a decrease in our metabolism. A large breakfast that includes protein, carbs and sweets may counteract these changes, so people are able to maintain weight loss over time.
While the study shows the benefits of a big breakfast, it cannot answer the question of whether eating cake in the morning is a good idea.
Eating sugar (chocolate) can increase cravings for sweets. It’s better to go with a balanced, healthy breakfast — such as oatmeal, skim milk and fruit — that contains about one- third of your daily calories.
Keep in mind, however, that recent research shows “eating refined flour and sugar on a regular basis is one of the worse things you can do for your health, A study says that It’s associated with an increased risk of heart disease, cancer and early death, she said.