I have a problem… It’s called Late Night Snacking! A few years back, I ate way more sugary sweets than I do now, but not during the later evening hours. This led me to some online research. Maybe I should switch the time that I eat high-sugar foods. Perhaps if I go ahead and indulge in the morning, it might be a good idea?
Researchers say that indulging in something sweet in the morning, when the body’s metabolism is at its calorie-burning best, helps stave off sugar cravings for the rest of the day; and that people with highly restrictive diets end up not sticking to their eating plans. Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz of Tel Aviv University’s Wolfson Medical Center and colleagues found that non-diabetic obese adults who wanted to lose some poundage were able to reduce their weight and their cravings if they ate a breakfast full of carbs, protein and … dessert! Jakubowicz said that the combination of protein and carbs increased satiety, or feeling full; and the dessert decreased cravings for sweet, starchy and fatty foods. According the study, the dessert breakfast group had a significantly larger reduction in levels of the hormone associated with triggering hunger: while high-calorie breakfast eaters had 45.2 percent less ghrelin, the low-calorie breakfast group had only 29.5 percent less ghrelin in a series of blood tests.
What is ghrelin? It’s evil. Find out more here.