Having Dessert For Breakfast is Good for Weight Loss

2013 Amelia Island Restaurant WeekI’ve been claiming it all along : Breakfast is the best time of the day to eat Dessert!!!¬†Ever since we took over the B&B I have been serving dessert with breakfast, much to the delight of many guests. From New York Cheese Cake to Key Lime Pie and from Baklava to Strawberry Shortcake, we believe dessert should have a prominent place on a breakfast tray, but sometimes guests on dietary restrictions return dessert untouched to the kitchen, because they either feel guilty starting out the day with a dessert, or they forget that they have a refrigerator in their suite to keep dessert for an afternoon delight.

For those feeling a slight bit of guilt I can share what came as a pleasant surprise in the news the other day:

When it comes to weight loss, every little bit helps and if you’re stuck in a diet-and-exercise rut and are looking for a little extra calorie-busting help to meet your goals, then this little piece of information might work! Have Dessert For Breakfast: If you’re going to have a treat, then you may want to make it that muffin that’s calling your name in the pastry case Monday morning. A study in overweight people who had lost weight on a diet found that those who ate a larger breakfast that also included a sweet treat kept off more weight than those who ate a smaller breakfast with no treat, in part because the sugary treat they ate at breakfast time helped curb sweet cravings later in the day.

I learned about this during one of my family’s frequent trips to Italy in the 1960s when a good old family friend one morning joined us at breakfast and ordered a beautiful plate of Sfogiatelle. Her “excuse” was “La vita e incerta, mangia il dolce per primo” (Translation: Life is uncertain, eat dessert first).

Isn’t it good to know that the mental feelgood of enjoying dessert is now also confirmed with a physical feelgood?
What has always been an emotional justification for eating dessert, has now been confirmed as breakfast being the ideal time to enjoy it: Have Dessert for Breakfast.

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