Losing weight and keeping the pounds off requires changes in eating habits. You need to resist foods that are high in calories and carbohydrates. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for dessert.
Satisfying your sweet tooth with chocolate, ice cream and other goodies can be part of a healthy, balanced diet. According to one study, women who ate small desserts four times a week lost nine more pounds than others who consumed larger portions of sweets. It is easier to stick to a diet when you indulge yourself once in a while and not feel deprived.
Tips for Dessert Lovers
Moderation, serving sizes and smart choices are key factors in making sure that desserts are not counterproductive to fitness objectives. You can offset the negative effects by doing more exercise to burn off the calories.
“Stay away from — or minimize — the amount of added sugars, and avoid high-calorie options by choosing desserts between 50 and 100 calories,” dietitian Tanya Zuckerbrot told the website Eat This, Not That. She issued this warning about nutrition claims on product packages: “Just because something is labeled ‘low-fat’ or ‘sugar-free’ does not mean it’s a healthy option.”
Check the ingredients to make sure you are getting some food value along with the sugar. Look for whole grains, fiber and minerals. Some items have much more saturated fats and trans fats than others. Desserts featuring fruit, nuts or dark chocolate are the best.
Speaking of fruit, how about trying to quench your cravings by munching on a peach, pineapple, banana or pear? The sugars in fruit are not the same as the harmful fructose found in most desserts. Blueberries and strawberries also deliver many nutritional benefits while somewhat satisfying the sweet tooth. Cut up a variety of fruit and berries, and keep them in a bowl in the refrigerator for when the urge to snack strikes. Eat all you want. It won’t hurt you.
Quitting high-calorie treats is easier when you don’t buy them in the first place. If you want to nibble on those things once in a while, repackage them in small baggies to make sure you don’t eat too much at a time.
Replace the sugar in recipes for cookies and cakes with a natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup. Applesauce and dried fruit are other good alternatives. Discover the advantages and pleasures of yogurt.
Best Packaged Desserts
Even the most fattening desserts do not necessarily ruin a diet, if you enjoy them rarely and in small quantities. But there are many lower-calorie alternatives on the market that provide similar satisfaction.
WebMd suggests low-fat varieties of ice cream and yogurt, strawberry shortcake, grilled fruit, baked tortilla chips with salsa, popcorn, whole-grain crackers, and pretzels with hummus.
SELF magazine consulted with experts to come up with this list: Halo Top Ice Cream, Dole Dippers, Dannon Light & Fit Greek Yogurt, Swiss Miss 25 Calorie Hot Chocolate Packets, Cocoa Mint Mate, Arctic Zero, Enlightened Ice Cream Bars and Sandwiches, and Chloe’s Popsicles.
For cookie lovers, SELF’s sources recommended Remy’s Honey Grahams, Maxine’s Heavenly Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Udi’s Gluten-Free Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Moser Roth Dark Chocolate 70 Percent Cocoa.
Additional options are Yasso’s Frozen Greek Yogurt, Skinny Cow Greek Frozen Yogurt Chocolate Fudgetastic Swirl, Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Milk Cookies, and Breyers Non-Dairy Vanilla Peanut Butter Ice Cream.
Women’s Health magazine offered these ideas: Dove Promises Silky Smooth Mint & Dark Chocolate Swirl, Stacy’s Bake Shop Banana Nut Bakery Crisps, Newman’s Own Organics Super Dark Chocolate Cups With Peanut Butter, Blue Bunny White Mint Chocolate Chunk Frozen Yogurt, Edy’s Outshine Cranberry Bars, Lifeway Frozen Kefir Mango, Skinny Cow Cookies ‘n Dough Ice Cream Candy Bar, and Kashi Chocolate Almond Butter Soft-Baked Cookies.
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