Sweet Tooth Control

Some women are just hopelessly devoted to dessert. Even if you know you shouldn’t, that craving for a cream-filled profiterole is just overpowering. It’s OK to indulge every now and then, but if you’re elbow-deep in pastry every night, the Sweet Tooth’s Eating Plan may just be what you need.

Sugar cravings can easily spiral out of control. The more sugar you eat, the more sugar you crave—and suddenly you've gained weight and can't seem to stop eating.

The key to controlling these cravings is balancing protein, fat and complex carbohydrates . By relying less on sweets that provide little nutritional value (cookies, cakes, candy, soda, sweetened beverages) and more on healthy, balanced meals, the Sweet Tooth's Diet will help you gradually change your eating habits and lose weight.

We've divided up meal ideas into three basic categories: On the Run, Family-Friendly, and Cheap and Easy. Stick with one theme or mix and match these meals to suit your lifestyle. For example, you may choose a breakfast On the Run while you're driving to work, choose a Cheap and Easy lunch and then prepare a Family-Friendly dinner. You can even make substitutions as long as you stick to the following guidelines: Breakfasts are 300 to 400 calories, lunches are 350 to 450 calories, and dinners are 300 to 400 calories. Snacks are under 200 calories each. (Don't be afraid to add an additional snack if your stomach is growling and you're really hungry. We've also included a list of 200-calorie sweet treats to include on special occasions because it's unrealistic to go cold turkey.)

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