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Surprising weight loss plan: ‘Dessert with breakfast diet’

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Dessert with a protein, carbohydrate diet for weight loss

If you are looking for a new weight loss plan because others have failed, you might be surprised to learn that a 'dessert with breakfast' diet plan actually helped people lose more than 30 pounds in four months. In a new study presented at The Endocrine Society’s 94th Annual Meeting, investigators found eating dessert with a carbohydrate and protein rich breakfast helped people lose and maintain weight loss.

Dessert with breakfast reduces food cravings

Daniela Jakubowicz, MD, the study's principal investigator and a senior physician at Tel Aviv University's Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, Israel explained in a press release that eating dessert with your morning meal helps shed pounds because it addresses an important component of weight loss - food cravings and hunger that can occur throughout the day or night that can thwart the best diet plan.

The study included non-diabetic participants. One group was allowed to eat a sweet dessert with breakfast that included chocolate, a cookie a donut or cake.

The other group ate a low-carbohydrate diet with 10 grams of carbohydrates that was only 304 calories. The dessert group ate a 600-calorie breakfast with 60 grams of carbs.

Both of the groups had protein with breakfast, but the ‘dessert with breakfast’ participants ate 45 grams of protein from egg whites, tuna, or low-fat milk, which was 15 grams more than the low-carbohydrate diet group.

Surprising results

Both groups lost 33 pounds halfway through the 8-month study, but the surprising results showed that eating dessert with breakfast helped people keep weight off, which is difficult for anyone who has been on a weight loss plan.

Both diets contain the same number of calories – approximately 1600 for men and 1400 calories for women.

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How it might work

Both diet groups kept food diaries.

The ‘dessert with breakfast diet’ made it easier for people to stick to their calorie restrictions, the researchers found. People who ate cookies, cake or donuts at breakfast reported less hunger and fewer food cravings compared to the low carb, lower calorie breakfast eaters.

The researchers also found out that levels of the “hunger hormone” ghrelin dropped more with dessert at breakfast, compared to the low carbohydrate meal: 45.2 percent versus 29.5 percent respectively.

Jakubowicz believes the ‘dessert with breakfast diet’:

  1. Satisfies the appetite because it combines carbohydrates with protein.
  2. Curbs hunger because of the high protein content.
  3. Decreases cravings for sweets and fatty and starchy foods that happens when we restrict sweets.

Eating a 600 calorie, protein, carbohydrate rich diet that includes dessert for breakfast might be an approach worth exploring, especially if you’ve tried others and find yourself with food cravings. Women in the study were allowed 500 calories for lunch and about 300 calories for dinner and men could eat 600-calorie at lunch and up to 464 calories at dinner. If you want to splurge on a donut, cookie or favorite pastry for breakfast, it might just be okay for your waistline and actually lead to sustained weight loss, according to the study that included almost 200 obese participants.

The Endocrine Society
June 25, 2012


March, 2012
"Meal timing and composition influence ghrelin levels, appetite scores and
weight loss maintenance in overweight and obese adults"
Daniela Jakubowicz et al.

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This study has merit. On my holiday in Italy, I was eating biscuits and pastries for breakfast and ate reasonably healthy for the rest of the day. It has been the only time I have lost weight while on holidays.
Alesandro - I have to agree - I think it sounds reasonable too. That's awesome that you could do that on holiday and lose weight!!!