When most of us think a nice piece of chocolate cake, our mouths start to salivate thinking about all that moist chocolatey goodness. The second thing we think about is how we shouldn’t eat all that deliciousness because it is fattening.
This is because we were told that chocolate cake is filled with sugar and calories and those things are bad because they make us gain weight.
But what if I told that you that eating chocolate cake could make you lose weight? You’d probably jump up and starting baking and frosting one up so that you can eat it as soon as possible. Sound too good to be true? Well, researchers say that it’s not and that having some cake as a part of a balanced breakfast can help you shed pounds.
They argue that eating chocolate and sweets in the morning is the best time to eat them because it is when your metabolism is most active and you have the rest of the day to burn those calories off.
They say that having cookies or chocolate with a breakfast that includes proteins and carbohydrates can reduce cravings for sweets later in the day.
According to Telegraph, research observed 193 clinically obese, non-diabetic adults and divided them into two groups. One group ate a low-carb diet with a 300-calorie breakfast and the other group had a balanced 600-calorie breakfast that included a chocolate cake dessert.
Both groups lost about 33 lbs. per person mid-way through the 32-week study. But by the end of the study, the low-carb group gained back 22 lbs per person while those who ate chocolate cake lost another 15 lbs.
Those who ate the 600 calorie breakfast lost an average of 40 lbs more per person than those who ate a 300-calorie breakfast.
Overall both groups consumed the same amount of calories per day, the men ate a 1,600 calorie diet while the women ate a 4,000 calorie diet.
“The participants in the low-carbohydrate diet group had less satisfaction and felt that they were not full,” Professor Daniela Jakubowicz of Tel Aviv University told Telegraph. “But the group that consumed a bigger breakfast, including dessert, experienced few if any cravings for these foods later in the day.”
They reported feeling more cravings for sugar and carbohydrates that were more intense which caused them to cheat on their diets. Researchers say that those who had dessert with breakfast have a higher likelihood of keeping that weight off.
Jakubowicz says that avoiding sweets can create an unhealthy psychological addiction to those foods.
She stressed the importance of breakfast’s role in weight maintenance since the meal provides us energy for the day, kick starts our metabolism and regulates ghrelin, a hormone that increases hunger.
So, enjoy your chocolate breakfast people!
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