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Eat More Dessert! July 16, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Food & Drink, Happiness.

Want to lose weight?  It’s easy . . . eat more dessert.


Now that I have your complete and undivided attention and you’ve turned off your smart phones, here’s the sweet scoop on sweets:

Having a sweet treat with a protein-packed breakfast may help you lose weight.  

Yes, you read that right.  Dessert.  With breakfast!


Researchers in Israel followed a group of obese and overweight adults for eight months.  Half the group ate a 300-calorie low carb breakfast (hardly worth getting out of bed for).  The other half of the study celebrated the advent of each day with a 600-calorie breakfast which included protein, carbs, AND a small dessert of ice cream or chocolate.

“During an initial 16-week period, the average weight loss in each group was identical — about 32 pounds. But over a 16-week follow-up, people on the dessert-with-breakfast diet lost an additional 13 pounds on average, while the others gained back all but 3.5 of the pounds they had lost.”

Dessert for Breakfast May Help Dieters (NYTimes)

In other words, the dessert group lost, on average, 40 pounds more than the low carb and calorie group.

Daniela Jakubowicz, MD, lead author and professor at Tel Aviv University, suggests that “the extra protein kept participants satiated and the sweet treat boosted serotonin levels and helped stave off sugar cravings later in the day.”

Here . . . have a cookie!


Aah . . . that’s better!

To read more:  Dessert for Breakfast (Oprah) * Treat Yourself (Time) * Eat Dessert for Breakfast (GreenMedInfo) * Avoid Weight Regain (Science Daily)

For more on cookies:  A Tale of Radishes & Cookies


1. shreejacob - July 16, 2013

Yay! chocolates for breakfast!!!! Now the trick is to actually eat a breakfast and have the sweets for a treat…than the other way round 😉

nrhatch - July 16, 2013

The real trick is to eat a small dessert ~ maybe just a piece of chocolate ~ so that total calories for the day are below 1800.


2. CMSmith - July 16, 2013

You just made my day. Pass the donuts please.

nrhatch - July 16, 2013

I might start eating breakfast just so I can have some dessert. :mrgreen:

3. Carl D'Agostino - July 16, 2013

I’m leaving now for 5 gallons of Dutch Chocolate ice cream. Enough breakfast for a week.

nrhatch - July 16, 2013

Ice Cream for breakfast . . . that’s what I’m talking about! 😛

4. Pix Under the Oaks - July 16, 2013

Hmmm, I don’t think I could eat anything sweet sweet for breakfast. I guess my ritual of bran and banana is tough to break. BUT give me an hour or so and I could do very well with a cake donut.. 😀

nrhatch - July 16, 2013

Your ritual works well for you . . . and you certainly don’t need to lose 40 pounds. You would be a stick figure!

I love the idea of enjoying a small piece of chocolate with breakfast. Mmm . . . .

5. Morgan - July 16, 2013

WOW…Thats pretty amazing. Chocolate cupcakes here I come!!!!!!!!!!!! er…but only in the morning 😉

nrhatch - July 16, 2013

Probably those mini-cupcakes are the right size . . . big enough to get your attention and small enough NOT to encircle your waist. 😛

6. katecrimmins - July 16, 2013

Can we start with dessert? Want to be sure I have enough room for it.

nrhatch - July 16, 2013

Yes! Life is short. Eat dessert first!

7. suzicate - July 16, 2013

Cake is always best served for breakfast!

nrhatch - July 16, 2013

I love the Bill Cosby routine where he serves slabs of cake for breakfast . . . reciting all the nutritious ingredients:

Flour, sugar, eggs, milk . . .

SuziCate - July 18, 2013

Thanks, Nancy. This is fabulous! Always loved Bill Cosby!

nrhatch - July 18, 2013

One of the best comedians ever . . . and no “Foul Language Alert” required. 😆

8. Don - July 16, 2013

When I visited America I was in the South with some people and when they served breakfast there was what looked like a cake with a kind of an icing sugar twirl on it. I thought it was a bit weird. I loved it though. Perhaps it’s not that weird now having read your post Nancy.

nrhatch - July 16, 2013

Was it a Danish Pastry? They’re often served for breakfast, as are coffee cakes, muffins, strudels, donuts, waffles, pancakes, and French toast.

In fact, if eating sweets for breakfast is all that it takes to stay slim and trim, Americans should be downright SKINNY! 😛

Don - July 16, 2013

No doubt about that – very skinny – lol.. Not sure about the Danish Pastry, but whatever it was it was also served with stuff they called grits. The contrast between the two was quite staggering.

nrhatch - July 16, 2013

I love grits . . . they’re a BDD (butter delivery device) like popcorn! 😀

9. William D'Andrea - July 16, 2013

Remember, Marie Antoinette said, “Let them eat cake”, which led to a very undesirable dessert.

nrhatch - July 16, 2013

The French obviously felt that Marie Antoinette needed an “attitude adjustment.” 😛

10. Andra Watkins - July 16, 2013

Maybe this explains why I always crave a doughnut in the morning…….

nrhatch - July 16, 2013

BFF loves donuts for breakfast. I’d rather have a fresh baguette or just baked bagel.

11. Eric Tonningsen - July 16, 2013

Oh great! Now I’m informed as to why I’ve been unable to gain any weight for decades. Dang that sweet tooth inherited from my mother.

nrhatch - July 16, 2013

Yes! Cut out the sweets and you’ll start to GAIN weight. Sounds a bit counter-intuitive, eh? 😉

12. Three Well Beings - July 16, 2013

I think it kind of makes sense, but it sure goes against my natural instinct. I think I fear that it will just get my sugar button pushed a earlier in the day. I COULD use a little self-monitoring…It’s really worth thinking about! A nice thing to think about in a world gone crazy in excesses of both overeating and total denial. There’s gotta be something better in between!

nrhatch - July 16, 2013

The study kept overall calories for the day quite low ~ between 1400 (women) and 1800 calories (men). And the dessert serving size was described as SMALL ~ a small piece of chocolate might be about right.

Finding the right balance between overeating and denial is the key for permanent weight loss. And happiness!

13. Colonialist - July 16, 2013

That wouldn’t fix my sugar craving – but then, I don’t have a weight problem! *insufferable smirk*

nrhatch - July 16, 2013

Go you! 😀

14. Patricia - July 16, 2013

Sometimes I have cookies or a brownie for breakfast…have since I was a skinny kid…now I am not so skinny…wonder what happened.

nrhatch - July 16, 2013

Sometimes when we “grow up” . . . we also “grow out.” 😉

Patricia - July 16, 2013


15. diannegray - July 17, 2013

I actually lose weight when I eat chocolate and people don’t believe me! 😀

nrhatch - July 17, 2013

I believe you! Chocolate is a “good mood food.” When we feel good, we are apt to make better choices for the rest of the day.

When we’re feeling “deprived” and disgruntled, all bets are off. 😉

16. Kate - July 17, 2013

This made me smile; I am reading whilst eating a raisin bagel with raspberry jam (which explains the state of my keyboard), and my son has just requested an ice cream for breakfast ‘to help me cool down after that hot night sleeping’ – exactly the clinical study I’ve been looking for! 😉

nrhatch - July 17, 2013

Harry’s lucky to have a mom who does her research BEFORE breakfast ~ a small scoop of ice cream for breakfast may be JUST what the “doctor” ordered. 😀

17. kateshrewsday - July 17, 2013

I do love a blogger who puts together cogent arguments for more pudding.

nrhatch - July 17, 2013

Since reading about this study, I’ve been feeling “virtuous” each time I eat dessert. :mrgreen:

18. Perfecting Motherhood - July 18, 2013

You know, I’ve had dessert for breakfast many times, and it’s a great way to start the day. Heck, whenever I have bread with Nutella for breakfast, it’s dessert!

nrhatch - July 18, 2013

That sounds like a SWEET way to start the day. Publix now has single serving Nutella with the candy bars in the check out line.

Perfecting Motherhood - July 19, 2013

Well, that’s a brilliant idea! Especially when you can’t stop at just one!

nrhatch - July 19, 2013

They’d be perfect for one of your photographic expeditions as well . . . you know, to keep your strength up. 😉

19. Booksphotographsandartwork - July 18, 2013

Ok! Yahoo!

nrhatch - July 18, 2013

Woot Woot! 😀

20. jannatwrites - July 21, 2013

How about dessert FOR breakfast instead of with? I’d better go bake those red velvet cupcakes now 🙂

nrhatch - July 21, 2013

That’s what I did yesterday. We had ICE CREAM for breakfast at Snooty’s 65th Birthday Bash.

And it was FREE! (Which means it has NO CALORIES). :mrgreen:

21. anotherday2paradise - March 30, 2014

This makes perfect sense to me, Nancy, but I don’t have a single cookie in the house. Maybe I need to go shopping. 🙂

nrhatch - March 30, 2014

You must! We always have some chocolate in the house . . . for medicinal purposes, of course.

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