Have Your Cake and Eat it Too for Breakfast!

15 Feb

Dessert with Breakfast Can Help Weight Loss

If you regret indulging in those sweet sensations on Valentine’s Day, you may not need to cut out the good stuff after all.

A recent study has found that people who eat a large breakfast including a sweet treat are able to lose weight and keep it off, more than those who eat a small breakfast.

Researchers at Tel Aviv University split a group of obese participants into two groups. One group ate a 600-calorie breakfast with a sweet item, such as a cookie or piece of cake. The other group ate a 300-calorie breakfast with no dessert. (Both groups ate the same amount of daily calories: 1400 for women and 1600 for men).

After 16 weeks, both groups lost the same amount of weight. However, each group then continued with their plan, but were allowed to consume more calories, if hungry. The results showed that the group eating the smaller breakfast regained an average of 22 pounds, while the group eating the larger breakfast, including a sweet treat, lost another 15 pounds each.

Although somewhat controversial, the results of the study suggest that indulging in something sweet in the morning, when your body’s metabolism is most efficient for calorie-burning, helps prevent sugar cravings for the rest of the day.

We all know, of course, that a healthy breakfast with lean protein and complex carbohydrates is still the best choice. A piece of red velvet cake in the a.m. does sound tempting, though.

Do you have a good recipe for red velvet cake?