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Big Breakfasts Followed By Desserts Fight Obesity & Heart Disease

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Researchers are saying that instead of grabbing a quick bagel and a coffee for your breakfast as you dash out the door, you should be sitting down to a big breakfast followed by a dessert.

According to, Daniela Jakubowicz of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the Diabetes Unit at Wolfson Medical Center says that starting your day with a big breakfast and ending your day with a smaller dinner would help you lose weight and shrink your waist line.

Even better, following up that big breakfast with a dessert was shown to lower insulin levels, glucose, and triglycerides. This translates into a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol.

Participants in the study were divided into two groups; one that had a 700-calorie breakfast/200-calorie dinner, one that had a 200-calorie breakfast/700-calorie dinner. The results showed that the group with the bigger breakfast lost an average of 17.8 pounds and 3 inches off their waists. The big dinner group only lost 7.3 pounds and 1.4 inches off their waists.

This goes against traditional habits of small breakfasts and large family dinners, but this inverted daily eating habit has long been recommended. Popular nutritionist in the 60s and 70s, Adelle Davis is credited with saying, “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.” This study proves that it really does work.

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