Just because we want something to be healthy for us doesn’t mean it is. There are many studies out there on chocolate, caffeine, alcohol etc that are presented in the media showing that these and many other foods can be healthy for us. The most recent study I have come across is that, “having cake for breakfast helps you to lose weight.” http://todayhealth.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/12/10389613-cake-for-breakfast-study-says-go-for-it#.TzmMXvkACtQ.email

For any study, I encourage you to read the complete study to find out more. Mostly, if it sounds to good to be true then it probably is. However, I am a believer in everything in moderation and by completely avoiding certain foods while trying to lose weight can cause deprivation. You have now given that food more power than it had by giving it a “bad” label. So if you eat it you now have guilt.

A few take aways from the study:

1.Having a balanced breakfast with protein, carbohydrate and fat was shown to increase weight loss.
2.Having a full meal 500-600 calorie breakfast was shown to increase weight loss.
3.Not labeling a food as “bad” or not allowing a food was shown to increase weight loss.
4.If you end your day starving you have not consumed enough for the amount of activity throughout the day and you are now going to consume your largest meal when you are the least active.
5.Having an unbalanced or low calorie breakfast was on the opposite shown to prevent weight loss. Resulting in increased hormone secretion that decreases metabolism.
Bottom line: find out what works for you and your life and stick to it. Our body loves consistency and a healthy weight is a marathon not a sprint.