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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Why You Should Have Chocolate for Breakfast!

How I love chocolate. Let me count the ways. I love milk chocolate, I love semisweet chocolate, I love bittersweet chocolate, I love white chocolate but most of all I love dark chocolate! I love chocolate bars, I love hot chocolate, I love boxed chocolate but most of all I love chocolate truffles!  I love Godiva, I love Lindt, I love Voges Haut- Chocolat, I love Maison du Chocolat but most of all I love Jacques Torres Chocolate. I could go on and on, so you could imagine how happy I was to read the article below. I mean obviously you can’t go out and buy a pound of chocolate to eat in one sitting but in strict moderation chocolate can be your friend. 

Why You Should Have Chocolate for Breakfast
By Annie Hauser, Senior Editor, Every Day Health

Good news for anyone who likes chocolate with their coffee: A surprising new study from Tel Aviv University found that dieters who include a small dessert item as part of a balanced breakfast will lose more weight, and keep it off in the long run better, as compared to dieters who take a more traditional approach. 

In the study published in the journal Steroids, researchers followed two groups of overweight or obese people for 32-weeks, with all participants instructed to stick to 1,600-calorie diet for men and 1,400-calorie diet for women. The first group ate a low-carb 300-calorie breakfast daily, while the second group had a 600-calorie morning meal, high in protein and carbohydrates and always including a dessert item such as chocolate. Halfway through the study, both groups lost an average of 33 pounds per person. But it wasn’t until the second 16-week period that things got really interesting. 

At the end of the second 16-weeks, the low-carb group actually regained 22 pounds per person, but the group who was eating a larger breakfast with sweets lost an additional 15 pounds each. All in all, the chocolate-eaters lost an average of 40 pounds more per person than the other peer group.

The thought is that cutting out sweets entirely — as the low-carb group was supposed to do — creates a psychological addiction to those foods. Allowing for a small piece of cake, a cookie, or some chocolate at the beginning of the day when the dieters’ metabolism is highest allowed dieters to feel like they weren’t deprived, even when they stuck to a reduced-calorie diet. 

So is it the larger calorie intake in the morning, or the sweets that mattered most? In the past, research results on the benefits of larger breakfasts have been mixed. A recent study published in Nutrition Journal found that people eat the same amount at lunch and dinner, regardless of what they have for breakfast, suggesting that large breakfasts can actually add up to weight gain. These findings reinforce the idea that it’s not what you eat, but how much, that matters most for weight loss. Similarly, a study published last month in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that the strongest predictor for weight loss is how faithfully dieters stick to low-calorie plans, not the composition of their diets. 

So what it comes down to is this: If a slice of cake in the morning will help you feel less deprived and allow you to stick to your diet more faithfully for the rest of the day, go for it. Just stick to one slice, and skip after-dinner dessert.

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