It seems that cravings are kept at bay throughout the day and ghrelin, the hunger hormone, decreases when dessert was added leading to additional weight loss.
Bear in mind, the results don’t suggest that everybody should simply add a glazed doughnut to their morning meal. The study looked specifically at people eating strict low-calorie diets — 1,600 calories a day for men, and 1,400 calories a day for women. The research included nearly 200 nondiabetic obese adults, who were randomly assigned to one of two low-calorie diet groups; both were identical except for breakfast: one group (the lucky ones) ate a 600-calorie, high-carb, breakfast that came with a choice of a cookie, chocolate, cake or a doughnut for dessert. The other group ate a 300-calorie low-carb breakfast. Both breakfasts were rich in proteins, such as tuna, egg whites, cheese and low-fat milk.
Researchers have found that not all calories are created equal and that the types of calories you eat, particularly after losing weight, can have a profound effect on how efficiently your body burns calories and keeps off unwanted pounds.
The ideal diet that promotes a fast metabolism — that is, your body’s ability to quickly burn off calories — as well as promotes long-term health in terms of disease-free organs appears to be (surprise!) fresh vegetables and whole grains or any foods that reduce the surge of blood sugar after a meal.
Foods which are low glycemic seem to promote the best chances for weight loss and overall good health.
The glycemic index is the rate at which blood sugar spikes after a meal.
High glycemic foods cause a blood sugar surge and abrupt decline resulting in fatigue and hunger, where as food which measure low on the glycemic index produce a low steady supply of energy to the body and a less rapid decline thus no surge of hunger.
Unprocessed, whole foods offer the best results.
Clean and lean proteins such as nuts, beans, legumes, fish and egg whites can promote weight loss and provide the body with energy and satiety for long periods of time.
Eat several small meals during day and concentrate your most of your calories in the morning so you’ll have time to burn them off before going to sleep.
Dairy, eggs, whole grains, and fiber. If you usually skip breakfast, start with a glass of milk or a slice of cheese with whole-wheat toast. Or, if you wake up ready for a meal, have walnut-flaxseed oatmeal with some yogurt and blueberries.
Vegetables, beans, fruits, nuts, and whole grains. Think soups and salads.
Leafy greens and other vegetables, lean meats, fish, beans, and legumes.
Yogurt, berries, walnuts, red bell peppers with cottage cheese, whole-grain cereal with milk, and apples and cheese.