Sunday, February 12, 2012

Let Them Eat Cake: Dessert for Breakfast May Help You Lose Weight

Remember when you were a kid and you would ask mom if you could have a big ol' slice of cake for breakfast? Remember how her answer was always an emphatic "No!!!"? Well, you might be able to tell your kids "Yes!" to that question, according to a new study from the University of Tel Aviv in Israel.

Researchers say having a little slice of dessert after eating a more-healthy, well-balanced breakfast could actually help weight-loss. The study claims that since a person's metabolism is more active and functional in the early morning hours, people can burn off more calories by eating calorie-ridden foods earlier in the day, giving them more time to use up the energy provided by the sugary snack.

The study also concluded that those who stuck to the new diet guidelines lost the same amount of weight as those in a control group, but those who didn’t have something sweet to eat along with their bowl of Wheaties gained some or most of the weight back after they lost it. The most likely cause is the hormone ghrelin, that regulates the body’s level of hunger. Since those who had a slice of scrumptious dessert in the morning satisfied their level of hunger, they were less likely to get the munchies throughout the rest of the day.

So, no more slices of cake after a hearty dinner, folks. Eat a piece with your oatmeal or grapefruit in the morning instead, and you should be fine!

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