Tired of dieting and then regaining all those lost pounds? Here is great news for dieters who enjoy their breakfast. A recent study has shown that consuming a breakfast that is stacked in protein and high in the usually avoided carbs will not only allow you to lose weight, but more importantly help prevent the dreaded weight rebound a few months down the track. The catch? The remainder of the day should have you eating a diet that is both low in calories and carbs.
Dr Daniela Jakubowicz, from Venezuala, who has studied the overweight for more than 15 years, along with researchers from the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, trialled 94 obese females.
After 4 months the very low carb group had lost 5 more pounds than the gals eating the big brekkie. (28 pounds as opposed to 23.) Don’t get too excited, because here comes the bad news. After another 4 months the women eating the big breakfast had lost another 16 pounds on average. Whereas the carb deprived group eating the smaller breakfast had on average regained 18 pounds of their weight loss. The difference? A whopping 34 pounds.The women eating the smaller breakfast managed to lose 4.5% of their body weight, while those eating the bigger breakfast lost an impressive 21%.
Ultimately, a big breakfast will aid in long term weight loss and maintenance as dieters are better able to control their carb cravings, and feel more satisfied. This means less bingeing on those afternoon snacks of crisps, biscuits, sweeties, donuts, and the like (total diet sabotage). Long term, this can mean the difference between real weight loss and a temporary loss in pounds that will result in rebound yo-yo weight gain. Additionally, the extra allowance of carbs ensures a healthier and well rounded diet with a higher emphasis on fresh fruits and grains, resulting in a better vitamin and fiber intake.