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Two Diets

Here’s some more evidence that eating a big breakfast can lead to weight loss.

A study, presented at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in San Francisco, tested two low-calorie diets to see which one did a better job at helping people drop pounds and keep them off.

Ninety-four obese and physically inactive women followed either a 1,085-calorie, very low-carbohydrate diet or a 1,240-calorie, modified-carbohydrate “big breakfast” diet. The big breakfast included milk, lean meat, cheese, whole-grain bread, added fat, even a little chocolate or candy.

At four months, women on the low-carbohydrate diet lost, on average, 28 pounds and the big-breakfast dieters shed 23 pounds.

But after eight months the situation had reversed. The low-carb dieters regained about 18 pounds, while the big-breakfast eaters continued to shed weight, losing a further 16.5 pounds. The researchers theorize that eating a big breakfast works because it helps maintain higher levels of the brain chemical serotonin, which is thought to play a key role in regulating carbohydrate intake.

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