Do you know that sugar is actually a health food? It provides instant energy, has zero fat, and makes dishes taste better.
Although it is a health food, it does not make you lose weight. In fact, sweetened foods make you gain weight because the sugar in it tells your body to store fat.
When sugar enters your body, your blood glucose level immediately increases. When this happens, your brain will stimulate the release of a hormone that tells your body to store fat.
The increase of this hormone called insulin will be longer as the rise of the blood sugar level is higher, thus causing continuous fat storing status.
However, this does not mean that you should avoid eating your sweet treats because you can actually continue this sweet indulgence and still lose the belly fat if you know how.
This article will give you useful tips to continuously satisfy your sweet tooth without adding a bulk on your tummy.
Tip #1: Decrease blood glucose level
In 2005, a group of Swedish researchers conducted a study regarding the effect of vinegar on the blood glucose level. According to their study, vinegar could decrease the blood sugar levels by 23% and makes a person feel full. In addition to that, vinegar is also said to curb the craving for sweet.
With that fact in mind, consume a vinegar based product or order a salad with vinegar-based dressing (e.g. balsamic vinaigrette) before you eat a sweet dessert.
In this way you get to prepare your body as it lowers your blood glucose level in preparation for the upcoming sweetened dessert.
Tip #2: Burn the calories
It is a fact that the majority of sweet foods contain high amount of calories. However, if you exercise or do activities that burn more calories than the amount of calories these sweets contain, you can actually eat as much sweets as you want while continuously losing weight.
For example: if you eat a moist chocolate cake that contains a whooping 450 calories, by simply extending an hour workout at a stair step mill which could help you burn 477 calories/hr, you actually burn all the calories that the moist cake has plus you have also managed to burn 27 extra calories which could contribute to your weight loss plan.
Tip #3: Choose lower calorie dessert
If you are a slave of your sweet tooth, why not satisfy it by eating low calorie sweet desserts? Try Greek Yogurt with Oranges and Mint with 171 calories, dark chocolate brownie with 111 calories, and fresh honeydew and kiwi smoothie with 110 calories.
These low calorie desserts can satisfy your sweet cravings while requiring less effort in burning them compared to other high calorie desserts.
Tip #4: Keep a food journal
When eating sweets, make sure that you know how much calories they contain and keep it in a food journal. This way, you can track how much calories you have been consuming so far and how much more calories does your body need to call it a day.
Furthermore, food journals also allow you to track how much calories you need to burn in case you have gone beyond your daily calorie limit.
Tip #5: Substitute high calorie ingredients when baking desserts
The most common ingredient for sweet foods is butter. It does make your dessert taste better but it also makes it unhealthy. By using margarine or olive instead, your dessert could become diet-friendly.
Another way is by using fresh fruits instead of artificial sweeteners, non-fat cream and non-fat milk instead of the regular ones, and frozen yogurt instead of ice cream.
Although, this could somehow affect the taste of your dessert, plating it beautifully usually does the trick.
Who says you have to forget sweets when you want to lose belly fat? By following these tips and knowing how to control yourself as well as how to manage these high-calorie snacks will actually allow you to lose belly fat without the need to deprive yourself from having a bite of your favorite snacks.
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