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How to give up junk food and sweets
Avoiding unhealthy foods and sweets is considered one of the most important changes to make to lose weight.
But does it mean that if you eat a piece of birthday cake, it will immediately show up on your waistline and ruin all your efforts? Not necessary.
It is almost impossible to force a person not to eat sweets at all. According to statistics, 80-90 percent of those who dieted regained their weight within a year.
In fact, you don’t have to give up everything to lose weight. The main thing is to adhere to the principle of “everything in moderation.” Here are some tips to help you enjoy your favorite foods without putting on extra pounds.
Eat dessert once a week
If you do not want to get better, allow yourself sweet 1-2 times a week. By setting yourself a limit, you can better monitor your sugar intake. If you want to lose weight, try reducing your dessert intake to 1 every 2 weeks.
Sugar can cause excess weight for several reasons. Excessive consumption of sugar causes a sharp increase in blood sugar and the release of insulin, due to which excess calories are stored as fat.
Over time, your insulin sensitivity changes, which affects your metabolism, increases the risk of various diseases and accelerates the aging process.
Given that most of us can’t cut out sugar entirely, it’s best to set a limit for ourselves to keep our consumption within reasonable limits.
Choose special occasions
Once you’ve decided to cut back on sugar, it’s time to prioritize.
For example, do you think that a cake eaten with friends at work is a special occasion? Is it worth spending an extra hour at the gym and forgoing dessert with your kid this weekend?
If you think about it, then most likely you do not even enjoy this cake as much as you think, and you will be tormented by remorse if you eat it.
Save the dessert for when it’s really worth it, and know you won’t miss anything if you don’t.
Don’t Eat Dessert Alone
Special occasions are associated with the holidays that you spend with loved ones. Weddings, birthdays, vacations and other special occasions are the occasion to be pampered.
On the other hand, there is nothing special about lying alone on the couch in front of the TV.
Try to get out of the habit of eating dessert alone, especially if you’re doing it for self-comfort. If you’re craving something sweet, eat fruit or drink tea.
In addition, it is better not to have ready-made desserts in the house so as not to torture yourself in vain.
Start understanding sugar
If you eat dessert several times a day, but consider yourself doing it 1-2 times a week, none of these rules will help you lose weight.
There are also hidden sugars in common foods like sweet yogurt or salad dressings. We usually don’t account for sugar in regular foods, and as such, it’s going to be a lot harder for you to truly enjoy dessert without repercussions.
Look at the composition of sugar in foods to help keep your intake to a minimum. Choose a salad without thick sweet sauce, smoothies without syrup, and plain yogurt instead of sweet.
If you eat right and cut back on sugar, your waist will hardly notice that rare piece of cake you ate on your birthday.
Consider small concessions
If you eat 1-2 sweets every day, don’t fool yourself into thinking it won’t affect you in any way.
If you feel that the working day was too difficult for you to give up a little pleasure, then everything is fine. But don’t pretend it didn’t happen and don’t include it in your weekly plan.
Choose quality over quantity
If you’re looking to cut back on sugar but don’t want to feel like you’re missing out on something in your life, opt for quality.
A few pieces of good dark chocolate are better than a handful of sweets. Each small piece of dessert can give you 25-50 extra calories. Choose foods with real flavor, not those that are just loaded with sugar.
Divide the dessert in half
Half a dessert is 100 percent better than a whole dessert.
If you really want to try the very delicious cookie your friend told you about, but you’ve already eaten your planned ice cream this week, try eating only half.
It’s even better if you find someone to share dessert with so you won’t be tempted to eat it whole. A few bites will satisfy you.
Do not give in to provocations
Some people are good at getting others to do things that aren’t very helpful.
Be prepared to be pestered about not wanting to eat certain foods. But, if you have decided in advance for yourself that you will only eat what you want, and not what is imposed on you, it will not be so difficult for you to ignore them.
Go in for sports
Despite our best efforts, we all eat too many sweets at times. While not very useful, it’s not a big deal.
If you’re a little over the top, use this opportunity to put in more effort in the gym.
Your muscles use sugar for fuel, so use it while you can to boost your metabolism and prevent extra calories from being stored as fat. Plus, you’ll feel better after your workout.
How to keep balance
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By preparing these desserts, your life can become more balanced, happy, and fulfilling, while not denying yourself your favorite foods.
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