One of the major focuses of most weight loss articles is how BAD many foods are for you.
The creators of these diets preach death and destruction to all who occasionally eat a block of chocolate.
Well, I’m here to tell you that this new FUNDAMENTALIST DIETING may not be helping you. Why?
Well, when you feel like you can never enjoy your favourite foods and be successful on your eating plan at the same time most of us revert to type and decide to continue eating whatever we want and stay overweight.
That’s not helping anyone. Allow yourself two or three treats per week. You’ll feel liberated and much more committed to the rest of your diet.
Here are 5 foods you can enjoy (in moderation) without having to feel guilty and hopeless:
1. Dark chocolate
If you are a sucker for a bit of chocolate every now-and-then you’re in luck. There is a type of chocolate that will satisfy your craving, get you a decent dose of antioxidants AND help you eat less chocolate than you normally would.
70% (or higher) dark chocolate – a good quality one – is a great way to have something sweet without hurting your diet. A couple of blocks (read two to four) will also satisfy you due to the richness of the cocoa.
Some diets claim that marshmallows are a wonder-food because they are ‘fat-free’. While this is technically true remember that any food in excess becomes part of a fat cell, so be careful of following this logic and eating 1000 marshmallows per week.
However, because marshmallows are so light they are very low in calories. So while they do contain sugar they are one of the better sweets to eat.
Three or four marshmallows (not a whole bag) should be enough to make you feel like you’ve had a sweet without overdoing it or ruining your weight loss progress.
3. Red wine
Alcohol is NOT good for fat loss. It slows your system down, messes with your hormones and makes you eat more due to a loss of inhibitions.
If you are going to have the OCCASIONAL drink, however, then red wine is the way to go. A glass of red wine every few days certainly won’t harm your dieting and it does have certain health benefits too. Again, a glass not a bottle, and you’ll be OK.
4. Yogurt-coated nuts
This is one of my favourites. They are VERY sweet so you are easily satisfied, thus you can get away with eating only a handful and feel like you’ve had a treat.
The other benefit is that nuts are full of protein and healthy fats, so while this is definitely a treat there are some beneficial things in the treat too.
This doesn’t give one licence to eat the whole bag, but it does mean it’s not a completely terrible sweet to enjoy every few weeks.
5. Peanut butter
The natural kind – no added sugar or salt. It’s SUPER calorie-dense, but it’s very satisfying and very healthy at the same time.
Have a teaspoon of peanut butter as a snack, or mix it into your oats in the morning to change them up. This is a healthy food that is also a treat – AWESOME!