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Dessert for Breakfast and Lose Weight – Really?

 

Can you have a cookie or a piece of your favorite cake at breakfast and lose weight?  I know, this sounds too good to be true, but a group of researchers in Israel say yes.  In a study published in the journal Steroids, Israeli researchers assigned nearly 200 obese people between the ages of 20 and 65 to two groups with identical diets, except for breakfast, where one group got a low-carb breakfast and the second group got a high-carb, protein-laden breakfast with a choice of one dessert.

Interestingly, after 16 weeks of dieting, both groups lost similar amounts of weight–33 pounds in the non-dessert group and 30 pounds in the dessert group. But, here’s the best part of the study: Those in the dessert-eating group were able to keep more of their weight off. After 32 weeks, the non-sweet eaters gained more than 25 of those pounds back, while the sweet-eaters only regained 15 pounds!

So, is this story too tempting to be true?  The study author, Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz, says yes.  She says, “Most people simply regain weight, no matter what diet they are on. But if you eat what you like, you decrease cravings. The cake – a small piece – is important.” 

The researchers explained this phenomenon by saying that most of the dessert eaters didn’t have as many cravings throughout the day–something that causes too many dieters to fail in the long-run. The study found that people in the dessert group reduced their craving hormone levels by 45%, while those who didn’t start their day off with sweets only reduced levels by 29.5%. Meaning, people in the dessert group were fuller and less hungry throughout the day.

Conclusion: A high-protein and carbohydrate breakfast may prevent obesity relapse. 

I think the keyword here is “small piece.”  If you indulge, then you are going to regret your indulgence.  Also, perhaps the person feels happier in the morning after sinking into the sweet treat and the next study will probably say the study participants were happier and not likely to be depressed during the day 🙂

You can read other viewpoints of the study here.

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Posted by on February 25, 2012 in Dessert, Healthcare

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge

Here is Georgie….indulging in the late afternoon sun….content….dreaming of dinner I guess.

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2012 in Photography, PostaWeek2012

 

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Hepatitis C – a silent epidemic – baby boomers at most risk

In recent years, Hepatitis C has surpassed HIV as one of the leading causes of adult mortality in the United States, according to a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine

Researchers examined the causes of death for more than 21.8 million U.S. residents between 1999 and 2007, and found that in 2007, more than 15,000 deaths were linked to Hepatitis C, exceeding the nearly 13,000 deaths that were linked to HIV.  The researchers found that almost 75% of Hepatitis deaths involved middle-aged or older patients, born between 1945 and 1964. 

“One of every 33 baby boomers are living with Hepatitis C infection,” says Dr. John Ward, hepatitis chief at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Most people will be surprised, because it’s a silent epidemic.”  About 3.2 million Americans are estimated to have chronic Hepatitis C, but at least half of them may not know it. The virus, which affects nearly 170 million people worldwide gradually scars the liver, leading to cirrhosis or liver cancer. It is a leading cause of liver transplants. 

CDC’s current guidelines recommend testing people known to be at high risk, but the testing has been unpopular due to the year-long, two-drug treatment promised to cure only 40 percent of people.  Reportedly, the treatment was so grueling that many patients refused to try the treatment could cost up to $30,000.  With the introduction of two new drugs — Vertex Pharmaceuticals’ telaprevir and Merck & Co.’s boceprevir, treatment looks more promising. Research suggests adding one of them to standard therapy can boost cure rates as high as 75%. Though not without side effects, some people can complete the entire treatment in just six months. It can cost another $1,000 to $4,000 a week.  These testing promises and  advances are fueling CDC deliberations of whether to change testing guidelines and recommend that anyone born between 1945 and 1965 get a one-time screening.

It’s not clear how quickly the CDC will settle the boomer-screening question. But doctors at New York’s Montefiore Medical Center have started raising the issue with baby boomers. A Montefiore internist, Dr. Gary Rogg, says a number of patients have sought Hepatitis C testing after seeing hepatitis-awareness ads from the drugs’ manufacturers.

You can read a detailed account here.
 
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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Healthcare

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Down

Another entry….

Looking down from the deck of the Empire State Building in New York City…..

Looking out across the East River....

View of the Hudson River......

The famous Chrysler Building in the foreground

 
The triangular building in the foreground is the Flatiron Building.
 
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Posted by on February 18, 2012 in Photography, PostaWeek2012

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Down

Looking down from my dining room, I saw little Georgie looking up at me…..

…..do you see him down there?

 

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2012 in Photography, PostaWeek2012

 

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