Dessert: it’s what’s for breakfast

Posted: February 15, 2012 by jerkmag in CRISP -- health, VAULT -- archives

All of us have had cake for breakfast at one time or another, and if you claim that you haven’t, you’re a liar. But maybe that slice of chocolate cake you had for breakfast was a better option for a morning meal that you had initially thought.

A recent study by researchers at Tel Aviv University has discovered that adding a dessert to a balanced 600-calorie breakfast can aid in weight loss as well as weight maintenance. The study, which took place over the course of 32 weeks, followed participants who added desserts (cookies, cakes, or chocolate) to their breakfasts versus participants who did not. Overall, the group who indulged in some morning confections lost an average of 40 lbs. more than the group that avoided sweets altogether.

The reasoning behind the study is the fact that a larger breakfast is a healthier option than a larger lunch or dinner. Having a large, balanced breakfast is not only good for daily bodily functions, but it also helps to alleviate other cravings throughout the day. Adding dessert-like items to a large breakfast will, in turn, lessen cravings for sweets later in the day.

While this sounds like a fantastic idea, (who wouldn’t love to have dessert for breakfast and not feel overwhelming guilt afterward?), this diet, as with all other diets, comes with some restrictions.

  1. You can’t only eat cake for breakfast. This diet consists of a balanced, protein and carbohydrate-rich breakfast that also includes something sweet. So, having a veggie omelet, a piece of fruit, and a slice of whole-grain toast with Nutella would be acceptable. Washing down a hunk of chocolate cheesecake with a glass of milk would not.
  2. The rest of your meals and snacks should not contain something sweet, and should stay within the limits of a 1,400-calorie per day diet. Exercise should also be added to any type of diet to ensure health and weight-loss. Don’t think that just by adding a Hershey’s bar to your morning routine means that you don’t have to worry about your caloric intake for the rest of the day.

All in all, while this new dessert-for-breakfast diet sounds like a godsend, it’s really just another ploy to make dieting sound more appealing to those who don’t want to give up their unhealthy lifestyles. The main components to losing weight and being healthy are watching what you eat and exercising – anything else is just a superficial way to make those two techniques more attractive.

—Amber Brenza

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