“Big Breakfast” Means More Weight Loss in the Long Run

New research shows that women who eat large breakfasts lose a lot more weight in the long run then women who eat a smaller breakfast.  In this study, presented yesterday at The Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in San Francisco, and led by  Dr Daniela Jakubowicz, MD of the Hospital de Clinicas in Caracas, Venezuela, Forty-six women followed a very low carbdiet with a small breakfast for eight months (1085 calories per day, 17g of carbohydrates, 51g protein and 78g of fat).  A second group of 48 women followed a “big breakfast diet” (total of 1240 calories a day, 46g of fat, 97g of carbs and 93g of protein) that included a 610 calorie breakfast (58g of carbs, 47g of protein and 22g of fat); a 395 calorie lunch (34g carbs, 28g protein and 13g fat); and a 235 calorie dinner (5g carbs, 18g protein and 26g fat).

In the first four months of the program, the low carb dieters lost an average of 28 pounds and the “big breakfast” dieters lost an average of 21 pounds.  HOWEVER, during the next four months, which was focused on weight maintenance, the low carb dieters GAINED an average of 18 pounds while the “big breakfast” dieters LOST an additional 16 pounds.

Basically, the very low carb diet only works in the short term.  At our medical clinical , we prescribe a weight loss program that allows for long term results, because it is NOT a very low carb diet but rather a diet that balances blood sugar and hormone levels.  And that is why over 300,000 people on this diet (which was designed by a Naturopathic Medical Doctor and comes from Australia) so far have successfully lost weight and maintained their weight loss over the long term.

Women who follow this type of diet, that includes a balanced complete breakfast, report feeling less hungry, especially in the mornings, and having fewer cravings for carbohydrates.

-Dr. Gina

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