In the “best news ever” category: scientists say having dessert for breakfast, along with eggs and toast, “burns off the pounds,” according to The Telegraph. They say, “Morning is the best time to consume sweets because that’s when the body’s metabolism is most active – and we have the rest of the day to work off the calories, a new study shows.” Plus, eating chocolate in the morning will likely satiate your need for sweets later in the day.
Children of the world, rejoice! As Bill Cosby once sang, “Dad is great! Give us the chocolate cake!”
Alright, alright, maybe I should take a step back for a second. The research doesn’t prove that children should be eating chocolate cake for breakfast, per se. But it does show that – you guessed it – fat people who eat chocolate cake for breakfast are more likely to keep weight off long term. Why? Because getting that snack in during the morning hours prevents fatties from hungering for more junk later in the day when it’s harder to metabolize. Check it:
Researchers split 193 clinically obese, non-diabetic adults into two groups who consumed either a low-carb diet that included a 300-calorie breakfast or a balanced 600-calorie breakfast that included a chocolate cake dessert. Halfway through the 32-week study both groups had lost an average of 33 lbs per person. But in the second half of the study the low-carb group regained an average of 22 lbs per person – while the dessert gorgers lost another 15 lbs each. At the end those who had consumed a 600 calorie breakfast had lost an average of 40 lbs more per person than their peers …. The participants in the low-carbohydrate diet group had less satisfaction and felt that they were not full (which) eventually caused them to cheat on the diet plan.
It’s official: “attempting to avoid sweets entirely can create a psychological addiction to these same foods in the long-term,” says the lead author of the study. So be sure to give your kids a little bit of candy or chocolate each day – you’re helping them out in the long run!