The Shmooze

New Diet Plan: Dessert for Breakfast!

By Renee Ghert-Zand

  • Print
  • Share Share
iStockphoto

Want to lose weight? Just eat dessert with your breakfast. You read that correctly: Treat yourself to some chocolate cake or ice cream in the morning and you are more likely to take off and keep off the pounds.

Researchers at Wolfson Medical Center and Tel Aviv University found that eating a larger breakfast, which included a dessert, helped dieters control hunger pains and consequently eat less throughout the day.

The study involved 193 overweight men and women between the ages of 40 and 50. They were all limited to a strict daily caloric intake — 1,400 for the women and 1,600 for the men. But the subjects were split into two groups: one that ate only 300-calorie breakfasts and one that ate 600-calorie carb- and protein-rich breakfasts, which included treats like chocolate or ice cream. Both groups lost weight during the first 16 weeks of the study, but the first group complained of hunger pains, caused by increased ghrelin hormone levels.

For the next 16 weeks, the subjects were sent home to continue their diets on their own. The group that was allowed to eat breakfast with dessert continued to lose weight, but the carb-deprived group started to gain weight back.

For once, there’s solid evidence that that leftover helping of dessert isn’t so bad after all. It looks like that those of us who need to slim down can have our cake (in the morning) and eat it, too.


Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: Wolfson Medical Center, Dieting, Dessert, Breakfast

The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.




Find us on Facebook!
  • What's it like to be Chagall's granddaughter?
  • Is pot kosher for Passover. The rabbis say no, especially for Ashkenazi Jews. And it doesn't matter if its the unofficial Pot Day of April 20.
  • A Ukrainian rabbi says he thinks the leaflets ordering Jews in restive Donetsk to 'register' were a hoax. But the disturbing story still won't die.
  • Some snacks to help you get through the second half of Passover.
  • You wouldn't think that a Soviet-Jewish immigrant would find much in common with Gabriel Garcia Marquez. But the famed novelist once helped one man find his first love. http://jd.fo/f3JiS
  • Can you relate?
  • The Forverts' "Bintel Brief" advice column ran for more than 65 years. Now it's getting a second life — as a cartoon.
  • Half of this Hillel's members believe Jesus was the Messiah.
  • Vinyl isn't just for hipsters and hippies. Israeli photographer Eilan Paz documents the most astonishing record collections from around the world:http://jd.fo/g3IyM
  • Could Spider-Man be Jewish? Andrew Garfield thinks so.
  • Most tasteless video ever? A new video shows Jesus Christ dying at Auschwitz.
  • "It’s the smell that hits me first — musty, almost sweet, emanating from the green felt that cradles each piece of silver cutlery in its own place." Only one week left to submit! Tell us the story of your family's Jewish heirloom.
  • Mazel tov to Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky!
  • If it's true, it's pretty terrifying news.
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.