High Sugar Diet To Lose Weight

by Mark Benson on February 9, 2012

High sugar diets for long term weight loss

Diets often exclude goodies such as cookies and cake. Now, in a bit of a earth shaking discovery, Tel Aviv University researchers found that dessert, when taken as part of a 600 calorie breakfast that includes both proteins and carbohydrates, can actually help individuals struggling with weight lose pounds and keep the lost weight away in the long run.

According to Prof. Daniela Jakubowicz, Dr Julio Wainstein and Dr Mona Boaz of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine of the Tel Aviv University and the Diabetes Unit of the Wolfson Medical Center, the best time to indulge in sweets would be in the morning as this is the time the metabolism of the body is most active. The body is also able work off the excess calories during the activities through the day, as added by Prof Oren Froy of the Hebrew University Jerusalem.

As further explained by Prof Jakubowicz, “Attempting to avoid sweets entirely can create a psychological addiction to these same foods in the long-term and by adding dessert items to breakfast can control cravings throughout the rest of the day.”

The conclusions were reached after a thirty two (32) week long study and would be published in the journal Steroids. The participants who included dessert to their breakfast menu, such as cookies, cake or chocolate, lost on an average forty (40) pounds more compared to the control group.

She added, “What’s more, they kept off the pounds longer.”

It is well known that the morning meal provides much of the energy for the tasks done during most of the day. The meal also aids in brain functioning as well as kick-starting the metabolism of the body. This is what is crucial for the weight loss and maintenance regimens so very important for overweight individuals. Breakfast is also the meal that regulates ghrelin, the hormone that increases hunger pangs. The study found that the ghrelin levels increase before every meal and becomes suppressed the most after a hearty breakfast.

The participants were one hundred ninety three clinically obese non-diabetic adults. The individuals were assigned to one of two diet groups with identical calorie intake, as men consumed 1600 calories a day while women consumed 1400. The first group though was fed a low carbohydrate diet with a low calorie breakfast, counting up to 300 calories. The second group had a 600 calorie breakfast that was high in protein and carbohydrates that included a dessert item either chocolate or some other pastry.

At sixteen weeks, participants in both groups had lost about thirty three pounds each but the dramatic changes occurred after the sixteenth week. At this point, the participants in the low carbohydrate group regained weight on the average of twenty two pounds per individual while the other group still kept on losing weight, at an average of fifteen pounds each. By the thirty second week, the high calorie breakfast group had averaged a weight loss of forty pounds per person compared to the other group.

The study authors noted that one of the major challenges would be keeping the lost weight away permanently. One of the key elements is satisfying cravings as observed that the low calorie group often left unsatisfied and upon registry of weight loss, they lose their controls eventually ending up regaining the lost weight.

Prof Jakubowicz added, “But the group that consumed a bigger breakfast, including dessert, experienced few if any cravings for these foods later in the day.” She concludes that a diet must be realistic to become part of the lifestyle that includes curbing cravings that is one key for success compared to deprivation for ultimate victory over weight.


The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of the DiabetesForum.com Community and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please see your doctor before making any changes to your diabetes management plan.

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