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.
“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.
The findings are scheduled for presentation Monday at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in Houston.