Trying to lose weight? Eat dessert. Yes, you read that right. When it comes to weight loss, your overall calorie intake is what counts. And a calorie is a calorie, no matter if it comes from a piece of chocolate cake or a salad. While we are certainly not condoning sweets over vegetables, we are saying there is room for both in your weight-loss menu.
Telling yourself dessert is off-limits may just set you up for a binge. The all-or-nothing approach can sabotage long-term weight loss (and maintenance). Budget your calories as you would your money – you can save a little for an indulgence without breaking the bank. “The dessert you are interested in might be lower (in calories) than the dressing you put on your ‘calorie-saving’ salad, “ says Michele Olson, star of the “Fitness Prescription: Perfect Legs, Glutes and Abs” DVD.
Try it today: Out to dinner? Skip the frozen margarita at dinner and order the flan for dessert instead.