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iVillage: 15 Bad Habits That Are Actually Good For Your Health

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Eating Donuts for Breakfast

Cookies? Sure! Pie? Why not?! Research at Virginia Commonwealth University shows that women who focus on a hearty, filling breakfast without worrying about a.m. calories can lose at least three times more weight than those loyally devoted to their bran flakes. Yes, even if they eat sweets! A hearty morning meal that finishes with a little treat actually prods the brain to produce lots of mood-boosting serotonin during the day, explains lead researcher Daniela Jacubowicz, M.D., author of "The Big Breakfast Diet." “And serotonin dampens hunger pangs, cuts carb cravings in half and speeds fat-burning by 25 percent for 11 hours or more.”

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