Thursday, February 9, 2012

Have You Cake and Eat It - Oh AND LOSE WEIGHT!!!

This is the breaking news for diets - Eat Chocolate Cake for Breakfast and Lose Weight! Is it too good to be true?  Well of Course it is not actually advocating that you just eat Cake (more's the pity) but saying that a small about of cake each day will assist in the weight loss. So how could that be? The following is an article that explains the principles of the "unusual" diet plan. Again the plan is about good food combinations. There is an element of the Atkins about it - as in lots of protein but have a read and see what you think yourself. As you all know I maintain that we are all individuals and what works for some will not work for others. But hey if it works don't knock it!!

The Big Breakfast Diet Reviewed

Judging by the name, this plan sounds like the kind of diet we would all like to try. But what is it and does it really work? Well, let's find out.
The Big Breakfast Diet is the creation of a clinical professor from Virginia Commonwealth University named Daniela Jakubowicz. The diet culminated in a book entitled "The Big Breakfast Diet: Eat Big Before 9 a.m. and Lose Big for Life".
In this book, Jakubowicz promises her readers that they can eat practically any foods they want and still lose weight. The catch is that the eating has to be done before 9 a.m.
This plan originated from a clinical study that did a comparison of a low carbohydrate diet against a diet based on eating a big breakfast with an average amount of carbohydrates. The results showed that although the big breakfast diet group ate almost 200 calories a day more than the other group, the big breakfast group lost 21% of their total body weight as compared to 4.5% of the low carbohydrate group.
The good doctor claims that eating a large breakfast will act as an appetite suppressant and boost metabolism which will lead to weight loss.
So how does it work?
Well, you will begin each day with a very big breakfast which needs to be high in carbohydrates and protein and should equate to around 600 calories. In addition, you are supposed to eat something sweet everyday such as chocolate.
Some of the foods you will be eating on this plan include meats such as steak, bacon, and turkey; carbs such as cakes and cookies, and fruits and vegetables.
So it sounds great right?
Well eating early with plenty of protein will without a doubt reduce your cravings throughout the day. Also this plan will sound like a dream to most dieters. Lastly, there is a 28 day meal plan with recipes included with the book.
However, as with any diet, there are concerns with the The Big Breakfast Diet. First, there needs to be more research done before any definitive claims can be made. Secondly, the low calorie diet will be hard for many people to stick with.

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