Sunday, July 08, 2012
The August Oprah magazine has an intriguing article which suggests that the best time of day to indulge a sweet tooth is breakfast.
Two groups of dieters were assigned 1400 cals a day (women) and 1600 (men). One group ate a "modest" breakfast: the other ate a 600 cal big breakfast including 45 gm protein, 60 gm carbs AND a sugary treat. For example, cottage cheese and 2 whole eggs plus 1 white scramble, whole grain toast, 8 oz yogourt AND a brownie. Both groups lost the same amount during the first 16 weeks. But, after 8 months, the big breakfast group lost 38 pounds per person more than the small breakfast group. That seems to have been mostly because the small breakfast group began cheating and gained back 75% of the weight they had lost.
It's a pretty interesting article. Adrenaline and cortisol peak early in the day, so that the dessert calories were better converted into energy. In addition, the breakfast dessert apparently triggered happy chemical serotonin such that satiety levels were higher for the big breakfast group: they were less tempted by fatty and sweet foods for the rest of the day.
The researcher Daniela Jakubowicz concludes that if you're hungry before lunch, you didn't have enough protein at breakfast. And if you're craving a pastry midafternoon, you should have had a cookie for breakfast.
Do you think you'll give this a try? I'm pretty sure that for me . . . dessert at breakfast would be all about slippery slope/trigger foods. If the brownies were in the house, I'd be digging in the bag all day long!!