10 Ways To Enjoy Dessert Guilt-Free Even On A Diet

When you’re on a weight loss regime, sugar can be one of the hardest things to give up. In fact, it’s not just added sugar you have to be careful about. Sugar is disguised in everything. Even sliced white bread and other simple carbs are converted to sugar in our bodies. This is why most diets see sugar as malicious and give it no place in a healthy diet. This would be tragic to those of us with an uncontrollable sweet tooth. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to get that sugar fix and avoid completely sabotaging your diet.

1. Add Cinnamon

Cinnamon helps lower blood sugar

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Try to choose desserts topped with cinnamon. If you’re making them yourself, you can add a healthy dose of it to most sweet things as well. Cinnamon has been shown to lower glucose levels and improve insulin responses.1 This makes it a great addition to a healthy diet.

2. Eat High Sugar Foods Before Exercising

Sugary foods can give you energy before a workout

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Rather than eating these high sugar snacks just before you go to bed or in the morning when it will give you a sugar high and just as bad of a crash, try timing them around your workout. These foods give you a quick surge of energy which you can use during your workout. This would negate some of the harmful effects of these foods.

3. Add Protein, Fiber, And Healthy Fats

These foods slow down absorption of sugar into the blood

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Combine your desserts with these three nutrients which are known to slow the absorption of sugar into your blood stream. The protein and fiber also keep you fuller for longer so you’re less likely to binge on several servings of dessert. So, if you choose fruit yogurt as a sweet treat, top it with nuts, seeds, and ground up flax seeds which can give you a boost of omega 3-fatty acids. You can add in a handful of rolled oats for fiber as well.

4. Eat Small Portions

Prepare individual servings to keep track of what you eat

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The key to keeping your waistline under control is moderation. Instead of plonking yourself down on a couch with an entire tub of ice cream, keep individual servings of your favorite desserts packed separately according to calorie count so that you can keep track of how much you consume. Better yet, buy snacks that come individually pre-packaged.

5. Choose Lower Calorie Options

These options help lower your total calorie intake

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Almost all of your favorite treats would have a low-fat or “light” version. These versions are not necessarily healthy but they do have less of an impact on your weight as compared to their counterparts.

6. Eat Slowly

Savoring food can make you feel more satisfied

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The danger with sweets is when you get a little too excited and completely overdo it. Before going through the entire cookie jar and regretting it later, try to eat your desserts slowly. Savor the flavor and take small bites. It will help you feel more satisfied once you finish eating and you’ll be less likely to reach for more.

7. Plan Your Meals

Balance out rich desserts with lighter main courses

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When you go out to eat, it doesn’t hurt to look at the dessert menu first. If there’s something on there that looks especially enticing, make your main course a lighter dish like a salad or broth-based soup. This is better than going through an entire plate of creamy pasta and garlic bread before ordering that decadent cheesecake all in one go.

8. Count The Calories

Count The Calories

A general rule of thumb for a weight loss diet is to consume between 1,200 and 1,500 calories daily for women and between 1500 to 1800 calories for men. Use a calorie counting app or calculator to check how much your favorite desserts rack up. Plan your meals accordingly to keep within this limit.

9. Choose Natural Sugars

Opt for fresh fruit when possible

Even if you are counting calories, this doesn’t mean that your body is getting the nutrients it needs. You could eat your entire daily caloric intake in slices of chocolate cake but that doesn’t mean you’re making a healthy choice. If you’re going to satisfy your sweet tooth, try and include some nutrition wherever you can. For example, choose fresh fruit whenever possible. A banana may have a considerable amount of sugar but it also has essential nutrients like potassium and vitamin B6.

10. Make Desserts Yourself

You control what goes into your body

Making your own food is any day better than buying processed food. You know exactly what’s going into your body and you have complete control. If you make your own desserts you can choose healthier alternatives that can be lower in calories. For instance, you can use unsweetened applesauce in place of oil or even ground up flax seeds soaked in water instead of eggs. You can even add a bit of protein into your desserts to make them more filling. Things like peanut butter can be easily added to most desserts. If you want to get really crazy, try making brownies from black beans.

Sugar doesn’t have to be the villain that it’s so often made out to be. These tips can help you get your sweet fixes without feeling guilty.

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