The Big Breakfast Diet

Eating a large breakfast could help you lose weight

by Shari Miller Sims
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A few years ago, Daniela Jakubowicz, MD, now of Virginia Commonwealth University, did a study comparing women who ate big breakfasts (average: 610 calories) with those who had smaller ones (290 calories). The two groups lost a similar amount of weight initially, but big breakfasters dropped more in the long run. Their high-protein start to the day made them feel fuller, so they were able to stay on the diet longer. Now Jakubowicz has developed a program, available in her book The Big Breakfast Diet, that lets you eat those hefty breakfasts in separate “stages” until nine or 10 am. Here’s her recipe for a protein-packed smoothie.

Strong Start Smoothie

• 1 cup (8 ounces) plain low-fat yogurt
• 3 tablespoons sugar-free plain whey protein powder (available at health food stores)
• 1 cup chopped fresh or partially thawed frozen mixed berries

Place all ingredients in a blender. Start at low speed, then work up to high speed until supersmooth and creamy. Add sugar substitute if desired.

Originally published in the May 2010 issue of

First Published Thu, 2010-04-01 11:33

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