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Good news for dieters - having a sweet treat at breakfast can actually help you lose pounds and keep them off for longer. Scientists followed 200 non-diabetic obese adults who were randomly assigned to eat one of two low-calorie diets.
Although both diets had the same number of daily calories - about 1,600 for men and 1,400 for women - one included a large breakfast with a sweet treat such as a doughnut while the other allowed for a larger meal later in the day. The researchers from Tel Aviv University said those who consumed the carbohydrate and protein-rich 600 calorie breakfast were more successful at sticking to their diets than those who had the 300 calorie morning meal.
Lead author Dr Daniel Jakubowicz, said: 'The goal of a weight loss diet should be not only weight reduction but also reduction of hunger and cravings, thus helping prevent weight regain.' The study subjects who ate the dessert with breakfast diet reported feeling less hunger and fewer cravings compared with the other group.