Your mother, doctors and life lied to you. According to scientists (science, people!), combining a low-calorie diet that includes dessert for breakfast will help you lose weight. Sweets, cookies, creme brulee, cake. ALL OF IT will help you lose weight if you start your day off like that. I love breakfast now.
According to the study, scientists put 144 obese people on a low carb, low calorie diet (1400 calories for women, 1600 calories for men) that were exactly identical except that one of the diets included "a high-carbohydrate, protein-enriched breakfast with a choice of cookies, chocolate, cake or ice cream for dessert."
What's interesting is that during the first 16-week period, the average weight loss was the same — both groups lost 15kg on average. Where it got suuuper interesting was the 16-week followup, people with the dessert for breakfast diet lost six more kilograms while the other group gained back all but 1.5kg of the weight they lost. WHAT. IS. THIS. MADNESS. (It's supposedly something that deals with satisfying your cravings or something after a diet)
The full study is in the March 10 issue of the journal Steroids. I don't care, all I know is, get to eating dessert before 10 in the mornin' kids. It's good for you. [NY Times]