Sweet Foods: Practice Self-Control not Self-Deprivation
* This is a guest post by Alvina Lopez
If you are one of those people who can enjoy cheesecake made of Splenda and egg whites, then more power to you. There are a variety of recipes substituting sugar, chocolate, and flour for healthier ingredients.
For some of us, those substitutes just don’t cut it. I am one of those people, and I can’t say I enjoy sugar-free products or gluten-free cakes and cookies. They may have fewer calories, but most people (including me) have to eat about ten more cookies just to feel somewhat satisfied.
What if instead, we ate- GASP one real chocolate chip cookie instead of ten gluten free ones? The consequences/results: You may lose a few pounds. This may sound surprising, but in actuality, losing weight or maintaining your weight does should not require deprivation and misery.
All you need to practice is a bit of self-control. It may take a while for you to get used to exercising portion control when it comes to delicious desserts. However, once you have the strategy down, you will eat smaller portions without much thought!
Here some issues to consider when you are about to eat dessert. When it comes to weight issues, you should always tell yourself: Mind over body!
Chocolate Cake: Consider Your Calorie Intake for the Whole Day
You feel a chill down your spine: another birthday cake in the office. It seems like there is always some reason to celebrate in the workplace. Doesn’t anyone actually WORK anymore? The truth is you don’t have to fret every time there are desserts at your office or even in your home. Instead, you should do a simple version of a cost-benefit analysis.
For example, think of what you’ve eaten over the course of the day. Did you eat a whole plate of tacos and French fries for lunch? Then you should probably have just a bite or two of that birthday cake. However, if you had a salad for lunch and probably won’t have a very large dinner, treat yourself to a piece of cake! Either way, at least have a bite. If you deprive yourself for too long, you will end up eating the whole cake when no one is looking.
More is Not Always Better
This is probably the most important rule of thumb to remember. Just because one cookie tastes delicious doesn’t warrant you eating another nine of them. Eat slowly, enjoy yourself, and STOP after one or (at most) two cookies/pieces of cake/pie.
Stress Eating: A Definite Path to Weight Gain
People often turn to desserts when they are stressed at home or in the workplace. This is because carbohydrates provide you with extra energy and release certain hormones into your body, like serotonin. It is important to find other ways to control your stress. Go to the gym, walk around your neighborhood, or have a cup of coffee with a friend!
Alvina Lopez is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: alvina.lopez @gmail.com.
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