Eat Sweets and Still Lose the Belly Fat

 

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.

Eat sweets and lose belly 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.

 

Guest Post by Jack. Jack writes on how to lose belly fat, providing you with information of how to get rid of the nasty fat from the belly.

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Belinda

I need butter. Whole milk, but the vinegar tip is fascinating. Never knew!
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claudia

Great tips I need a personal trainer to keep me motivated totally blew it this year! I am now writing it down, calories recorded and looking at what turns to sugar…great info thanks for a great guest post, got to get back on track and this is the motivation i need for sure!!! My New Years Resolution is to add at least another year to my life by eating healthier …I dont aim high lol!

Amanda

I'm a big believer in moderation. And food journals like #4. And fitness like #2. Great guest post Jack.

Christine

I think this is a good guide. I didn't know that vinegar helps to decrease blood glucose levels! This means that I should be more proactive about incorporating more vinegar into my diet.
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Barbara Bakes

Great tips! I'll have to give them a try, because I love me some sugar!
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Reeni

Great tips! Except for the margarine one – Greek yogurt, applesauce and other fruit purees are a much better option and can be successfully used to replace some, if not all of the butter. Nonfat Greek yogurt works wonders on cakes and sweet breads!

Claudia

Fun tips. Although I consume a lot of vinegar and I don't know if it has aided my weight loss (and gain!). Nonfat yoghurt is a godsend. Soy butter works in most recipes.
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redkathy

Great post Jack. I cared for my mother in law for some time after a bad fall and she was diabetic. I let her have those sweets using some of your tips, particularly the exercise and food substitute ones. Her overall blood levels had never been better according to her doctor. Home made food, including dessert is always better for us!
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Karen W.

Great tips, specially this time of year, when the majority have probably over indulged with the Christmas festivities πŸ˜‰

I'll certainly be taking your advice, cheers πŸ˜‰
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Sanjeeta kk

very informative post, Gera. Since I like healthy and low cal food, I will bookmark this post for future reference. Like all the sweet tips.

Happy 2011 to you!

winelady cooks

Thanks for the great info. I'm all for healthy and all those things that work.
Happy and Healthy New Year to all!

Joanne
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@RosasYummyYums

Very interesting! Now I know why people ingest a tbs vinegar before they eat. I love vinegary foods…

Cheers,

Rosa

norma

I am going to join Jack and see if I can get rd of that fat.

Felicidades!

Joanne

Uh oh! Too many people are going to be screaming YAY! FINALLY! I KNEW IT! in regards to this post. πŸ™‚
It sure comes at a great time when eveyone wants to finish off all those holiday treats.

I think the key in the entire article is "moderation".
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HoneyB

I am in the process of creating a food journal for daily use tonight! TIme to get back into the exercise and healthy eating!

Erica

What a wonderful post! Love the tips for the new year…..I have to do something about my baby weight after march πŸ™‚ Happy new year, Gera! Feliz año nuevo!
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passionateaboutbaking

What a great post Jack. I love the idea of vinegar & it does seem to make sense! Food journals are very handy too. My blog seems to double up as one…LOL!
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Cajun Chef Ryan

Hey Gera,
Thank you for all t he wonderful work and blogging you have done in 2010 and hope for still more in 2011! Wishing you and yours a very Happy, Healthy, and Wealthy New Year!

Bon appetit!
CCR
=:~)

Martins

I am always craving for sweet foods and yet I don't have ideas how to lose weight at the same time. I am glad to know these ways, I can now eat sweets as many as I want and still avoid gaining fats.

Anders

I will bookmark this post for future reference- thanks a lot

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sweets in bulk

Most of us wants a dessert after a meal, thanks for this post and for the tips. I learned so much from it. Now. i can baked a delicious and nutritious food for my family. I really love your blog! Keep up the good work.

claudia lamascolo

What a great new webpage its fresh and beautifully done, welcome back, love the article, can always use more tips on losing belly fat!

    Gera

    Thanks Claudia! I don’t know how it’ll be result the move of the ID comments associated to the articles. Still waiting an answer from ID support.

    Need to make lot of tasks before apply the new theme, still there are several bugs to solve…but sweets are welcome always πŸ™‚

River

That is great information. I love the stuff on the vinegar. I am definately going to try that. I have been able to cut down quite a bit on my sweets, with out cutting them out all together, but now I have a little trick I can use to help me with the last few snacks I sneak in there. Thanks loads.

DLXD

You make a fair point …but sugar is the enemy of weight loss…better cut down on it for faster results.

Kayla

Keeping a food journal is SUCH great advice. When I keep track of everything I eat by writing it down, I do much better at not over-eating because I have to think about things more, like, “Do I REALLY want this going on today’s page?”

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