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So I will admit I’m a terrible case study. For one thing, I’m in on the experiment – knowing everything about my dessert for breakfast experiment surely changes it. And, I have no control group. If I were serious about this I would do the experiment for a month, then do a variation to see if there’s a difference. But I’m way too impatient for that.
What I can tell you is this: for the past three days I did not have a big breakfast, including something chocolaty. I had a normal breakfast. On Saturday I had pancakes with the kids. And while there was chocolate involved – my pancakes had chocolate chips in them – that only made up about 50 calories of my 300 calorie breakfast. So, too small, and not enough chocolate. Sunday I had a doughnut (sugary and chocolaty, sure, but less than 200 calories), then a big brunch a few hours later. And yesterday I had a 300 calorie breakfast, with no dessert.
All three days, my eating was off the map, especially at night. I went to town on leftovers and peanut butter sandwiches and potato chips in a way I haven’t in months. It was disgusting. I wasn’t even hungry much of the time I was stuffing my face!
Is this proof that my 600 calorie dessert-with-breakfast experiment is working? No. For all I know I just mentally gave myself a few days off and went back to my old habits. But whatever the reason, I’m back on the experiment. Why mess with something that’s working?
I just finished this morning’s delicious, diverse, 601-calorie meal (egg and cheese on a bagel, veggie sausage, blueberries, and a yellow cupcake with chocolate frosting), and we’ll see what happens. There are fewer than fourteen days left in this Diet Bet and I still have five pounds to go!
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