Dessert For Breakfast: The New Key To Weight Loss?

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Starting your morning with a high-protein food and a “dessert” may help you lose weight and keep it off, a new study suggests. However, several nutritionists said they weren’t ready yet to embrace the study’s conclusions.

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When researchers from the Wolfson Medical Center compared two diet regimens — one featuring a low-carbohydrate breakfast, the other a high-protein, high-carb breakfast — the sweets-with-breakfast group lost more weight after eight months.

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“Although dietary restriction often results in initial weight loss, the majority of obese dieters fail to maintain their reduced weight,” wrote the study’s authors.

Diet-related weight loss often triggers hunger and cravings while decreasing suppression of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates hunger, the researchers said. This may encourage weight gain. But, “a high protein and carbohydrate breakfast may overcome these compensatory changes and prevent obesity relapse,” they concluded.