I know why you’re here. You probably read the title of this post and instantly clicked the link below it. No worries, I would do the same thing. When I first read about a study claiming that eating dessert for breakfast could help you lose weight I was confused- confused and ecstatic.
Someone once told me that breakfast was the most important meal of the day but I’ve always told myself that dessert was the most important meal of the day. If you know me, you know that I have a big sweet tooth… a REALLY big sweet tooth. Ice cream and cookies are just a few of my personal favorites. But I do know that desserts are not exactly good for you and in the long run, can do a lot of damage if you aren’t watching how much of them you are actually consuming.
It’s a scientific fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast is the first form of energy that your body is receiving after being in starvation mode all night long. Breakfast sets the tone for your whole entire day, including how you perform both physically and mentally. Fun fact: when doing a lot of the research for this post, I found that carbohydrates are your best bet when it comes to breakfast. Good ol’ carbs fuel your body with the energy that it needs to get through the day- hellllooooo bagels and pancakes for breakfast every morning!
Anyways, back to the study. This study was ran by Professor Daniela Jakubowics from the Tel Aviv University in Israel. The study was based upon the idea that eating dessert for breakfast could actually promote weight loss. Jakubowics was well aware that making breakfast your largest meal of the day led to a loss of pounds, but what she wanted to figure out was if eating dessert for breakfast could entail the same benefits.
The study was conducted on a group of over 90 obese woman. The woman were instructed to make breakfast their largest meal of the day AND to top it off with dessert. These woman were split up into two randomized groups, each group given a different caloric limit for each meal. One group was instructed to eat 700 calories for breakfast, 500 for lunch, and 200 for dinner. The other group was instructed to do the complete opposite, eating only 200 calories for breakfast, 500 for lunch, and 700 for dinner. Both groups ate the same foods for each of their meals.
I bet you’re dying to find out what the study actually revealed… the women who were eating a 700-calorie breakfast WITH a dessert lost an average of 10 pounds more than the other group, who were only eating a 200-calorie breakfast. Basically, the group that ate dessert for breakfast lost more weight than the group of women who were restricting themselves to a limited breakfast. Crazy right?! I know.
Am I going to start eating ice cream sundaes and cookies for breakfast every day now? Well, I already do that sometimes, but no, I don’t plan to make it a habit. Should you start eating ice cream and cookies for breakfast every day? Honestly let me know if you try it because I would love to hear about the results.
I found this study to be really interesting and couldn’t pass up writing a blog post about it. Ice cream sundaes and chocolate chip cookies are always getting such a bad wrap- turns out they aren’t always bad for you!