A big breakfast packed with
protein and carbohydrates followed by a low carb,
low -calorie diet the rest of the day is the way to
lose weight and keep it off.
The "big breakfast" diet works
because it controls appetite and satisfies cravings
for sweets and starches.
healthier than popular
low-carb diets because
it allows people to eat more fiber-and vitamin-rich
Most weight loss studies have
determined that a very low carbohydrate diet is not
a good method to reduce weight. It exacerbates the
craving for carbohydrates and slows metabolism. As a
result, after a short period of weight loss, there
is a quick return to obesity. Compared
and protein "big breakfast"
diet with a strict low-carb
diet in 95 obese,
Both diets were low in fat and
total calories but differed markedly in their
women on the very-low-carb diet consumed 1,086
calories a day, consisting of 18 grams of
carbohydrates, 50 grams of protein and 77 grams of
fat. The smallest meal was breakfast, at 291
calories. For breakfast,
the low-carb dieters
were allowed only 8 grams of carbohydrates, such as
bread, fruit, cereal and milk, and they could eat
just 11 grams of protein, such as meat and eggs, in
contrast, the 48 women on the "big breakfast diet"
consumed 1,241 calories a day. Although lower in
total fat (45 grams) than the other diet, the big
breakfast diet had higher daily allotments
of carbs (98
grams) and protein (92 grams).
Dieters ate a 611-calorie breakfast, consisting of
59 grams of carbs, 48 grams of protein and 23 fat
they got 396 calories, made up of 35 grams of carbs,
29 grams of protein and 12 grams of fat. Dinner -
the smallest meal of the day – was made up of 236
calories (5, 18 and 26 grams
protein, and fat, respectively).
At four months, there was no
significant weight-loss difference between the two
diet groups. Women on
the strict low-carb
diet shed an average of about 29 pounds, while women
on the big breakfast diet lost nearly 24 pounds, on
average. But at eight months, the low-carb dieters
regained an average of 18 pounds, while the big
breakfast dieters continued to lose weight, shedding
another 7 pounds.
the big breakfast diet lost more than 22 percent of
their body weight, compared with just
4.6 percent for the low-carb
group. Women who ate a
big breakfast reported feeling less hungry,
especially before lunch, and having fewer cravings
for carbs than women
on the low-carb diet.