Healthy Living

Weight Loss Study – Let Them Eat Cake


I love these dietary tips that focus on one element of the whole slimming, weight loss mania and then a study is carried out of some focus group which shows “clearly” that those who ate a certain food at a certain time whilst kneeling on a cold surface with one eye closed not only lost more weight but also kept it off for longer.

Well you get the idea. These studies are often serious, interesting and thought provoking and I don’t want to denounce them, the scientists who carry them out or even the results, but this sort of research doesn’t go any way to helping overweight people who simply want to lose weight.

The need is for a weight loss blueprint or maybe a number of blueprints depending on variables such as age, gender, BMI or whatever.

This would be a step by step guide describing the measures needed to go from current size to desired goal. Maybe there is an “app” that you can download as we speak or one in the pipeline, into which you can enter a few facts and then a day by day to do list spills out.

There is a whole volume of books to write about why that can never happen given what we currently know regarding the complexities of our bodies and the way we produce energy from food, all given the rate of cultural evolution that is taking place.

In fact the resulting work, if complete enough, would probably be an enormous help and problem a solution for everybody if only it was incomprehensible to us.

Maybe that’s why most really really clever people are slim and don’t suffer weight gain. Hey I just made that up but I’m trying to think of fat Einsteins and I can’t.

Well that very nicely brings me to cake – how can it – I hear you shout, well it just does but then a lot of things make me think of cake, talking of which…

Eat Cake For Breakfast and Lose Weight
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Actually I read recently that even if Marie Antoinette actually said “let them eat cake” to the starving, revolting, le pan eating Parisians prior to there Bastille storming days, then she wouldn’t have meant it in an uncharitable way.

In fact she was brought up as a very thoughtful, caring and compassionate young lady with an obvious fondness for madeleines – nothing wrong with that.

Now it seems that a new report I recently came across which has the title, and I LOVE this, “Lose Weight by Eating Cake for Breakfast” is based on a study carried out at the University of Tel Aviv in Israel.

Here’s how it goes; when you lose weight your body restricts the release of the hormone leptin which is responsible for controlling hunger pangs so you get hungry which causes an increase in the hormone, ghrelin making you crave carb comfort food.

Don’t forget sleep and weight loss go hand in glove as lack of sleep is also responsible for increasing the production of that hormonal enemy – so having a breakfast full of proteins and carbs helps control these hormones and apparently greatly helps in keeping weight off.

So it’s no olde wives tale that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I like this new spun of eating cake to break the fast – seems to me like a better option than bacon and egg.

My current breakfast choice follows the study’s resulting apparent conclusion and really does set me up for the day.

So I get a banana and slice it up into a bowl, followed by around 6 – 8 dates, each cut into 3 pieces, then add a cup of rolled oats followed by a cup of water or enough that the contents in the bowl are fully drowned.

Bang it in the microwave for 3.5 minutes, add sugar, milk, cream, honey or whatever you like and enjoy.

 I am continuously adjusting the quantities, time spent in the microwave and other variables to end up with the perfect porridge but as long as there is enough liquid when microwaving it will taste delicious and give you that full feeling.

A good healthy, filling carbohydrate loaded breakfast like the one above should help as part of an ideal diet for weight loss as it  moderates the hormones involved in telling you when you’re hungry and so reoccurring weight gain in the future can be less of a risk.


Author – Brian Sweet