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Eating a Hearty Breakfast Helps in Weight Loss
Eating a Hearty Breakfast Helps in Weight Loss

(June 20, 2008 - Insidermedicine) A diet that includes eating a hearty breakfast helped obese women lose weight better than a more restrictive diet, according to research presented in San Francisco at the 2008 annual meeting of the Endocrine Society.

Here are some facts about metabolic syndrome:

•    It refers to a group of conditions that are often seen together that dramatically increase the risk for heart disease.

•    Metabolic syndrome tends occur in people who are significantly overweight.

•    Risks associated with metabolic syndrome can be reduced by losing weight and becoming more physically active.

Researchers from the Hospital de Clinicas in Caracas randomly assigned nearly 100 obese, physically inactive women with metabolic syndrome to follow one of two diets. The first consisted of 1,085 calories a day with 17 grams of carbohydrates, 51 grams of protein, and 78 grams of fat. The second consisted of 1,240 calories a day with 46 grams of fat, 97 grams of carbs, and 93 grams of protein. The first diet included a 290 calorie breakfast while the second diet featured a 610-calorie breakfast that accounted for about half of the daily carbs, protein, and fat.

After 16 weeks, both groups of patients had lost an average of about 11 to 13 kg. During the second 16 weeks, however, those on the more restrictive diet gained back most of the weight they lost. The women on the big breakfast diet not only maintained their initial weight loss but continued to lose more weight. They also reported feeling full more often and having fewer cravings for sweets or carbs.

Today's research demonstrates that weight loss diets are not just about counting calories. A diet is more likely to be successful if it helps manage hunger and cravings.

For Insidermedicine in Depth, I'm Dr. Susan Sharma.