When It Comes to Breakfast, Scientists Say You Can Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

Good news for da ladeeeeeez. Turns out that topping off your breakfast with a chocolatey dessert could be the key to losing (and keeping off) weight. Those are your priorities, right? Staying skinny and eating chocolate? Isn't that what's engraved on the Susan B. Anthony dollar?

But, seriously, researchers at Tel Aviv University have recently found that a little morning dose of the sweet stuff (dessert, not angel dust) can help dieters, men and women, lose weight.

They key is to indulge in the morning, when the body's metabolism is at its most active and we are better able to work off the extra calories throughout the day, say Prof. Daniela Jakubowicz, Dr. Julio Wainstein and Dr. Mona Boaz of Tel Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the Diabetes Unit at Wolfson Medical Center, and Prof. Oren Froy of Hebrew University Jerusalem.

Attempting to avoid sweets entirely can create a psychological addiction to these same foods in the long-term, explains Prof. Jakubowicz. Adding dessert items to breakfast can control cravings throughout the rest of the day. Over the course of a 32 week-long study, detailed in the journal Steroids, participants who added dessert to their breakfast - cookies, cake, or chocolate - lost an average of 40 lbs. more than a group that avoided such foods. What's more, they kept off the pounds longer.

What are you going to have for breakfast tomorrow? Since discovering this study, I've already eaten a platter of dessert nachos (like regular nachos, only with frosting instead of cheese) and broken into a Mrs. Field's Cookie store to steal all of their stock and money. Also, what time does breakfast end? 5pm? 6? Let's just be safe and say 10pm, cool? Cool.

Top off breakfast with — chocolate cake? [Eureka Alert]

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