Sweets and Weight Loss – Friends or Enemies?

* This is a guest post by Jack

Sweets are generally considered an enemy when a person wants to lose some weight or wants to maintain the current weight. It is indeed true that most sweet food is high in saturated fat as they usually include butter, whole milk, and heavy cream. There are healthier exceptions to this rule but in general people have associated sweets with fat. However, this should not stop you from satisfying your sweet tooth. Studies show that unsatisfied cravings can cause depression causing the person to eat more thus gain more weight.


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Sweets in Moderation

Eating sweets in moderation is the key to the success of one’s weight loss plan or in maintaining one’s weight. A small piece of that chocolate cake or a bite- size of chocolate bar will not affect your weight if you’ll just have it once in a while. The weight problem occurs when you eat a large piece of cake or a whole bar of chocolate every day.

Burning the Sweet Calories

The bad news is, sweets are generally high in calories; but the good news is, we can burn the calories out of our body. Physiologically, calories from the sweets we eat provides us with energy however, living a sedentary lifestyle do not require much energy so calories are stored in the body as fat deposits. This means that if you want to continue eating sweets, you must take note of the amount of calories you take in and burn it off by doing activities that require energy like cardio exercises, sports, or even dancing. Remember: in every 3500 calories more than the body needs add up a pound on your weight; burning 3500 calories more than you eat allows you to lose a pound.

Sweet Alternatives

More and more people are getting health conscious so fat-free and low-calorie food alternatives are available in the market. These sweet alternatives are great ways in satisfying a person’s sweet tooth without the guilty feel.

>>Instead of eating an ice cream cone that contains 417 calories per serving, try a low- calorie frozen yogurt which contains 105 calories per serving. To make it more delicious and healthy, you may try a frozen yogurt parfait – frozen yogurt drizzled with honey and topped with your favorite fruits (recommended: banana, strawberries, and peaches). Low calorie yogurt parfait total calorie: 170 calories.

>>Instead of eating a 4oz chocolate cake with cream that contains 420 calories, have the same quantity of angel food cake with almost half the calories less of 240. Other low calorie pastry alternatives include gingerbread with 220 calories per serving, Applesauce cake with 230 calories per serving, and weight watcher’s carrot cake with only 170 calories per serving.

>>Though having brownies (regular brownies: 405 calories) are quite impossible when you are watching your weight, with little substitutions, you can have a lower-calorie brownie. Try a Bittersweet chocolate brownie (250 calories) that uses bitter-sweet chocolate that contains 70% cacao instead of a semi-sweet chocolate and decreased amount of butter.

>>Substitute White chocolate (280 calories/50g.) or Milk chocolate (265 calories/50g.) with dark chocolates (255 calories/50g.) because it does not only contain lesser calories but it is also rich in antioxidants.

So, are sweets really enemies when you aim to lose weight? The answer is yes and no. Sweets become enemies when it is eaten uncontrollably but with proper management, sweets can be a weight loss friend.


Guest post by Jack. Jack writes about weight loss related topics. In his blogs you can find many weight loss tips and advice that can help you lose weight easy and safe.


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Beautiful post! A good reminder to go for alternatives. I don't have a very sweet tooth so I always cut down on the sugar when making cakes. But I do need enough sugar in my coffee 😀
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I definitely have a sweet tooth and denying myself is worse than not eating it. I'm worried more about the amount I eat and diabetes!
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I still love eating sweets but I'm trying to limit it…
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Karen W.

My sweet tooth has changed over the years, in a way that the cravings for surgery things isn't as high as it was when I was a teenager, now I keep a close eye on my diet and my figure 😉
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I used to love eating sweets and was 90 pounds, now getting older if I look at them It goes right to my … oh well, you will have to use your imagination lol….this was very enlightening, as I love chocolate, and still do eat a piece every once in awhile goes great with cabernet when I am stressed…loved this guest post! I needed to read again about the calorie intake with winter coming and extra pounds pack on its perfect timeing will be spreading the post everywhere thanks Gera and Jack~
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Cajun Chef Ryan

Great list of sweet alternatives and weight loss guidelines too. Thanks for the post Jack, and thanks Gera for another insightful guest post.

Bon appetit!


Great post, Jack and Gera. An excellent reminder that simple substitutions can make a big difference.

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The last 3 years, I have definitely packed on the pounds (blogger weight?). I shall note these ideas as I endeavor to get rid of excess baggage without total deprivation!


I used to have a much bigger sweet tooth than I do now. Yes, I still indulge in the occasional cookie or piece of chocolate, but not nearly as much as I used to. I am fine with this turn of events as I don't want to raise my kids seeing me snack on sweets all the time! I want to instill healthy eating habits!


Gera absolutely nice and interesting post like always! Really nice! send you huggs, gloria
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Portion control is a big problem of mine. I find that if I grab a bowl of ice cream, I'll eat a lot more calories than if I have an ice cream novelty. I cannot deny myself all the sweets that I love, but I can try to find things that have a determined portion size.


When we moved to the West Village in Manhattan…right next to a fabulous bakery…every morning I had to have their almond croissant. I packed on 20 pounds in a year and now how difficult it is. You reach a certain age where you can put them on, but difficult to take them off. When I have a craving ..its a teaspoon of peanut butter.
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As a kid I was able to eat a lot more sweets than I can eat now. I still love to eat sweets though I just can't eat as much.
The thing is though that I think people in general eat way too much food. I think I do it too.
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My problem is not sweets or desserts – I love ham, salami, pates…I really have to control how much I enjoy my life! 🙂
Balance is the key. We KNOW what's good for us but it's not pleasant to be good all the time. It means discipline and that's not nice at all…
I'm lucky, no over weight but to lose a couple of kilos to feel even better would be great…
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Great info … the key is having not too much of sweet thing 🙂
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Many thanks for all your comments in behalf of Jack!
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Yes, it should always be in moderation. Everything should be in moderation. I'm actually into a diet for one month now, but I still take and eat everything I want in a disciplined way. I don't over eat. Once I tasted it, then it's enough. Especially now that I know craving and tempting yourself can lead into depression. It was also like mind over the matter things. Focus is also very much important if you truly value your goal that much.
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I do feel like this post has been written for me, and feel mildly guilty about the amount of sweets I eat! But the alternative craving-satisfiers are really good! For the moment, I think I will stick to eating chocolate and cake and just exercise more! 🙂
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Gera, very informative–especially to those who are going/in a diet. You know, I agree. Moderation is the key…although I know, I sometimes go overboard, haha. Will be reading your others posts! I've been gone for a longggggg time!
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Sugar and me don't get along so when I do make something sweet, I use splenda in place of sugar.
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Not Quite Nigella

Great tips! I could never give up sweets but everything sensibly is ok 🙂
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I have a sweet tooth and no willpower. What's that telling ya?


I really enjoyed this post, 'cause I agree about the sweets and weight loss thing. I think anything should be done in moderation. Plus, I think people ought to make their own sweets to avoid the extra preservatives, the extra butter/oil added to keep store-bought things moister and seemingly fresher, etc…


This is some awesome and true advice! I cared for my mother in law who was a diabetic with a severe sweet tooth. Exercise and burning calories was the key to her ability to eat that piece of angel food cake.
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There is always an alternative if you want to be healthy and thank you for informing us about these alternatives.

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