Eat Dessert First!
Get ready to smile, maybe even a snicker or two. I’m going to tell you something crazy. Crazy great.
Since last Friday I have been having a generous slice of Chocolate Ganache Cake every morning. But of course, not until after I have had a lovely breakfast. Yes, that’s right, dessert with breakfast every day.
Why would I do such a crazy thing, you ask? Well, because I want to get into the size 4 jeans that are hanging up in the back of my closet. (Sitting in 10’s right now, sigh… )
It’s a new diet that has come about from a study done in Israel and was publicized earlier this year. 144 subjects, who were obese but not diabetic, were split into two groups. One group was fed a 1400 calorie (1600 for men) diet that mainly consisted of protein and non-starchy veggies, much like South Beach or Atkins. The second group was also fed 1400 calories except that 300 of those calories were used as a dessert with a 300 calorie breakfast which was low carb and then lunch and dinner were low carb also.
The results were quite remarkable: The two groups lost at the same rate for the first 16 weeks, an average of 32 pound. Remember the only difference here was that 1/2 the group was going to bed every night knowing there would be dessert in the morning. The other half did without. During the second 16 weeks, a maintenance phase, most of the low-carb-only-folks gained back all but 3 pounds, on average. The cake group continued to lose weight, (13 pounds on average) and kept eating chocolate cake at breakfast.
Wow. Could it be true? I’ve spent money and time on things that were far less pleasant.
I don’t like dieting. Who does? I have tried many things to lose weight over the years and most of them have been considered ‘sensible’. In the quest for a slimmer me, I have often experienced many of the things some of you have: feeling exhausted, hungry, deprived and out-of –sorts.
Apparently eating dessert at breakfast, (chocolate cake being the most effective), helps improve one’s internal chemistry all day long. There is less fatigue; in fact there is no afternoon slump. Overall hunger decreases, cravings disappear and there are no feelings of deprivation. Mood swings disappear. The desire to cheats evaporates knowing that there is dessert coming in the morning. Oh and did I mention the Night-Munchy-Monster just doesn’t exist?
I thought, I could try it for a week. Hey, as long as I don’t gain weight, the worst thing that could happen is that I’d eat chocolate cake every morning for a week. I told a few friends who laughed and said to be sure to call them if it worked.
So I created this Chocolate Ganache Cake with breakfast in mind (and my size 4’s!) It is made using the Goody Mix and is a deeply rich chocolate cake that whips up quickly. It makes 9 servings at 300 calories each. Perfect!
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This morning I couldn’t help but laugh as I tucked into my slice of Chocolate Ganache decadence.
So you want to ask me a question, right? You know you do. So how much weight have I lost since last Friday? TA DA! I’ve lost 3 pounds! I feel great. I seem to be having the promised benefits of well-being and reduced hunger. Wow. That makes me smile.
If you would like to know more about the study done in Israel here are some articles online: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/21/health/nutrition/dessert-at-breakfast-may-help-dieters.htm http://www.tampabay.com/news/health/research/article1214588.ece http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120207133750.htm
And see article in the May 7, 2012 Women’s World Magazine.
Please Note: I believe I am required to make a disclaimer and tell you that although this plan works for me, I make no claims about it working for others. I’m not a nutritionist or a doctor. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet. I am not responsible for any results negative or positive you may get using this plan. Use it at your own risk. What I say should not be construed as advice. The information set forward on this plan is for entertainment only. ‘Nuff said.