One of the hardest parts of losing weight is thinking you need to cut out the foods you love. But you can eat candy and still lose weight! As long as you’re smart about how you eat, it’s possible to stick to any diet plan and still treat yourself to your favorite candy.
You can continue to enjoy any kind of candy you love — as long as you do it in moderation. Our calorie counter calculator makes it possible to stick to your calorie budget and lose weight, without calling any foods “off-limits”.
There’s no reason to write off fats and sugars completely as they’re part of a healthy diet. Moderation is the key here! Reserve around 100 calories from your daily calorie budget to treat yourself. This will give you the leeway to satisfy your sweet tooth without sacrificing your plan. You can use the calorie-counter to help find the portion size of your favorite treat that fits into your calorie goal for the day.
Make it easy to stick to your portion size by dividing up your candy ahead of time so you’re not tempted to keep reaching into the bag. Divide each portion into a separate baggie and don’t let yourself take more than one portion each day. Concentrate on eating slowly, enjoying each bite, to feel satisfied without going into to the next portion.
Another trick draws on the fact that candy contains simple sugars. Your body uses simple sugars for energy. Plan your candy treats for times when you’ll burn off that extra sugar and calories, like right before you exercise.
If you love chocolate, opt for dark chocolate for your candy fix. Not only will sticking to portion sizes help you lose weight, but you’ll also get some health benefits from the dark chocolate.
Dark chocolate can help support your heart with flavonoids, antioxidants, and flavanols. Studies have also found that dark chocolate could decrease anxiety and blood pressure and help your metabolism. It’s one easy way to get in some candy with less of the guilt!
You don’t have to always turn to candy if you’re craving something sweet. Thinking outside the box on your sweet snacks can bring healthier foods into your balanced diet.
Grill some pineapple or other fresh fruit for a twist on the usual flavors. When you want something cold, keep bananas in your freezer. You can eat the frozen chunks on their own or puree them with skim milk for something creamy and cold. Almond milk and frozen strawberries work great for this, too.
By dividing your candy into portions and choosing healthier options like dark chocolate, you can keep your favorite sweet treats in your diet and still lose weight! Embrace that a little doesn’t hurt and don’t feel defeated for eating candy sometimes. In fact, allowing yourself these treats will help you stick to a healthy plan for the long term because you won’t feel deprived of things you love.
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