Looks like depriving yourself of that chocolate bar isn’t worth it at all but we can all look forward to breakfast every morning now!
With Chinese New Year around the corner, we’re sure keeping our figures would be quite the challenge (how can anyone resist all those cooookies!). But as it turns out, having something sweet along with your usual breakfast could be the key to shedding off those kilos.
Research says that if you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, mornings are the best time to do it because that’s when your body’s metabolism is the most active and you’ll have the rest of the day to work off those calories too. In addition, eating cookies or chocolate as part of your ‘breakfast set’ (which should include proteins and carbs) will help reduce your craving for sweets later.
The 32-week study split 193 ‘clinically obese, non-diabetic adults’ into two groups: a low-carb 300-calorie breakfast versus a balanced 600-calorie breakfast with chocolate cake included. In the first half of the study, both groups lost an average of 14.9 kilograms. But in the second half, the low-carb group regained an average of 9.9 kilograms while the sweet-tooth eaters lost another 6.8 kilograms each.
At the end of the study, the dessert group had lost an average of 18 kilograms more per person than the other group.
The two groups had actually consumed the same daily total calories but Professor Daniela Jakubowicz of Tel Aviv University said, “The participants in the low-carbohydrate diet group had less satisfaction and felt that they were not full.”
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Instead, they suffered even more intense cravings for sugars and carbohydrates which eventually led them to cheat on their diet plan. Prof Jakubowicz continued by saying, “But the group that consumed a bigger breakfast, including dessert, experienced few if any cravings for these foods later in the day.”
So, ladies, looks like depriving yourself of that chocolate bar isn’t really worth it, but we can all look forward to breakfast every morning now.
Source: Telegraph; Photos: Stock Exchange