Do you think it is necessary to choose between a good figure and dessert? This is not true! The good news is that you can eat sweets and still not gain weight. Follow a few important rules.
1. If you like sweet things, eat it for breakfast. Morning calories are easier to use up, and in addition, during the day it will be easier for you to resist temptations. Does your body still crave dessert during the day? Divide the morning cake into two parts: eat half after breakfast, and the other half after dinner. The main thing is not to eat sweets at night. First, carbohydrates and glucose are stored as fat. Secondly, the body will be hard, and because of this, insomnia, nausea and heaviness in the stomach are possible.
2. Studies have proven that regular exercise helps keep blood sugar levels under control. To eat sweets and not get fat, do this: first go for a 30-minute walk at a good pace (or ride a bike or swim in the pool), and then eat dessert.
3. Eliminate foods that contain added sugar from your diet. If after dinner you eat a piece of chocolate or a couple of sweets, this is not a problem. The problem is all the other products that manufacturers add sugar to. Sometimes we don’t even think about it, but fast food, industrial sauces (even ketchup), canned food, processed foods, packaged juices and sodas have a lot of sugar. Do you want dessert? Eat dessert! But otherwise, try to eat right.
4. Today you have already eaten the allowed cake and still want something sweet? Eat a spoonful of honey. Compared to sugar, honey slows down the production of the hormone ghrelin, known as the hunger hormone. It is this hormone that gives the brain a signal that it is time to eat. But honey is still a high-calorie product. There are 22 calories in a teaspoon, so be careful.
5. Eat the right sweets. Not all desserts are equally dangerous for your figure. Here is a list of completely harmless sweets:
Jelly and puddings.
Choux pastry with light cottage cheese, fruit fillings.
Milk ice cream and popsicles.
6. Choose the most useful sweets. Of course, there is a lot of sugar in chocolates. If you can't deny yourself this pleasure, go for candy containing fruits or nuts. These bars not only contain flavonols, but are also rich in iron and he althy fiber, and some contain 5 grams or more of fiber per serving (about a fifth of the recommended daily intake).
7. Adhere to the principle "The darker the better." Dark, less processed chocolate contains more flavanols than other varieties. The higher the percentage of cocoa, the higher the antioxidant level and the lower the number of calories, due to the fact that such varieties have less added sugar and milk. But lovers of white chocolate should take note that it does not contain any flavonols and is only a treat.
8. Still, control your serving size! Regardless of which desserts you prefer, it's worth controlling calories. The ideal option is 20 to 40 grams of dark chocolate, or 2-3 candies, or one small cake a day.