Can one really eat cake at breakfast – and lose weight in the process?
A study conducted by Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz of Tel Aviv University in Israel found that having carbs and protein in the morning help keep one full, as well as curbs further cravings for more of these gastronomic delights later in the day.
The study, which lasted for 16 weeks, had 193 obese adult participants. Each group was asked to eat the same amount of calories per day: 1,600 calories for men, and 1,400 calories for women. It was determined that those who ate a high-protein, high-carbohydrate breakfast – which included dessert – were able to stay more faithful to their diet and keep the pounds off longer, when compared against those who ate low-carb, low-calorie breakfasts that did not include yummy treats.
The results of the study suggests that meal timing and meal composition play a role in weight loss. The carbs and protein help keep one full for the rest of the day, while the sweets early in the day will help curb cravings for them.
Nutritionists, however, are not keen on supporting the findings. Dessert at breakfast is considered by some as a diet no-no, and that it may actually increase, as opposed to curb, cravings for sweets.
One of those who expressed disapproval for the findings is Katherine Tallmadge, a registered dietitian and author of “Diet Simple,” who was not involved in the study. She said: “I would never, in a million years, recommend cookies or cake for breakfast.”