Now here’s a diet you could probably live with – eating dessert with breakfast.

It not only helped people lose weight, but it was more successful than a more conventional low-carbohydrate diet in keeping the weight off, according to this Israeli study.

Researchers randomly assigned 200 obese nondiabetic people to one of two low- calorie diets. Both diets had 1,400 calories per day for women and 1,600 calories per day for men.

The biggest difference was the composition of breakfast. In the conventional diet, breakfast consisted of 304 calories with only 10 grams of carbohydrates and 30 grams of protein. The dessert breakfast had 600 calories, 60 grams of carbohydrates, 45 grams of protein and included a small sweet, like chocolate, a donut, or a piece of cake.

After four months both groups lost an average of 33 pounds, but in the last four months of the study, people in the low-carb group regained an average of 22 pounds while people in the dessert group lost an average of 15 additional pounds.

Compared to people on the low-carb diet, those in the dessert group reported feeling less hungry, had fewer cravings, did a better job sticking to their calorie requirements, and had lower levels of ghrelin, the “hunger hormone.”

Alas, since these findings were presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, they are preliminary and subject to change until published in a peer-reviewed journal. So don’t replace your Weet-Bix with waffles just yet…

In the meantime, you might want to check out the controversial Tim Noakes diet.