Sweet Treats To Eat When Dieting
Dieting can be a bummer, especially when you are trying to shake the junk food addiction. Yet have no fear, there are plenty of healthy sweet treats you can enjoy when you are trying to drop unwanted pounds or maintain your weight.
A fundamental agreement you must make with yourself is that you will eat half-size portions of your treats and reduce the portion sizes even further, if you desire to lose weight faster. The good news is that you still get to enjoy sweet treats on your journey to achieving your desired weight.
Follow these four rules to successfully lose or maintain weight, while eating sweets:
2. Reduce portion sizes in half and further to lose weight faster.
3. Replace sugar with organic stevia. Stevia is low glycemic, with zero calories, and doesn’t have the drug-like effect of sugar that makes you crave more. Believe me, I know there are numerous stevia brands that taste downright nasty. I have tested nearly all of them. The one brand that I and my clients love the most is, organic Now Foods BetterStevia. It is amazing how the sweet flavor resembles the flavor of sugar we are accustomed too experiencing. Plus, a little bit goes a long way.
4. No desserts after 8 p.m., especially if you will be sedentary and then go to bed within two to three hours. For weight loss, it’s best to enjoy sweet treats earlier in the day. Later, you can take a walk, climb flights of stairs, workout in gym, or have an active sex session with your lover to burn off calories.
What Snacks And Desserts Can You Eat In Place Of Junk Food?
Dark Chocolate 72% And Higher
The higher the percentage of dark chocolate the better! The percentage written on the bar represents the amount of cacao (a.k.a. cocoa). The remaining percentage represents the amount of sugar or sweetener. For example, a 72% dark chocolate bar is 72% cocoa and 28% sugar. The downside of sugar is that it increases blood glucose levels and bogs down your your immune system. Fortunately, some companies are responding by replacing sugar in their chocolate products with agave, honey, fruit, etc …
If you try to support American companies there is a wonderful American chocolatier, TCHO, that makes organic and sustainable chocolate products. However, there are many other delicious organic chocolate bars out there that meet the minimum 72% and above rule.
These crisps are a great replacement for chips. Soy is high in protein, which helps burn fat. Be sure that the other ingredients in the crisp are organic as well. You don’t want GMO powders and flavorings wreaking havoc on your cells. Also if you are watching your salt intake, you don’t want to gorge on a whole bag.
My favorite brand was Newman’s Own, but they stopped making them. So you need to try different brands and flavors to decide which one suits your taste buds.
I know they are expensive! If you have the time to make them at home, lucky you. These chips are filled with nutrients, plus sold in delicious flavors such as, chocolate, cheese, onion and garlic spice, etc …
Vegetable chips are fabulous too. Just eat baked chips not fried. Most vegetable chips are made with high-starch vegetables and they retain the oil from frying. That’s a weight gain combination that is hard to combat, unless you have a rigorous workout schedule.
Cookies: Sugar-Free or with Low-Glycemic Sweeteners
A word of caution. Snacking on cookies during the day is better than at night. If you don’t work out at night, the flour turns into sugar and then into fat in your body. So beware. On a happy note, the other snacks listed above CAN be eaten after dinner, but in moderation.
So Get Your Snack-On
Set guidelines for your sweet tooth so you won’t suffer from withdrawal when dieting. For more specific advice, check out our three-part blog series on Managing Weight Loss.
You are going to snack and indulge. The trick is to set rules for yourself before you actually eat the treat. Rules like, “I’m only going to have three cookies today; I will eat half a bag of soy crisps after dinner; I will have three squares of chocolate today, with one of them being after dinner; I will not have cookies or flour-based desserts after 8 p.m.”
I want you to know that you can always eat plenty of raw vegetables like carrots and red bell peppers dipped in a lemon dressing. Yet for the hard-core sweet tooth, you don’t have to go cold-turkey with sweets to lose weight, but you do have to plan your sweet intake.
Wishing you happiness.