let's take a hard, close look at some calorie facts.
Here's a rundown of the calorie amounts of some popular desserts, from low to high (courtesy of USA Today):
Sugar-free red gelatin -------------------10 calories
Carrot cake (Country Buffet)------------240 calories
McDonald's Baked apple pie------------250 calories
Dunkin Donuts (jelly filled)-------------270 calories
Burger King Dutch apple pie------------300 calories
Chick-fil-A lemon pie--------------------350 calories
Au Bon Pain banana nut pound cake ---520 calories
Denny's Banana split--------------------894 calories
Ruby Tuesday's double chocolate cake--955 calories
I noticed a couple of things during the low carb revolution. People passed on bread - they didn't pass on dessert (it looks different than bread-pasta-rice). I noticed that while on a diet, people justify "just a couple of bites" of dessert, which can snowball into an eating frenzy later on. We nutritionists are not against dessert. We just want you to understand a couple of things:
- A dessert is a "special pleasure," which means you need to position it in your diet - not have it daily.
- A dessert has to be savored and really enjoyed - not inhaled, so that you almost don't even experience the experience.
- On the day you have dessert, we feel you should "make a deal" with yourself to exercise and burn off some of those extra calories
- Unless you are part of the sub-set of people, struggling with your weight who simply cannot handle desserts because they "set you off," - you should find ways to factor desserts into even a serious diet.
- You need to look into why you feel depressed when you can't have a dessert - because people who truly don't have food issues - don't really care - they can have a meal with or without a dessert. Why do you need it so much??
- Do you crave desserts - alot - all the time - or simply enjoy them when they present themselves?
Desserts are not the enemy - size, frequency, quality of desserts just might be. I've personally made one weekend night - dessert night - and depending on my level of activity that day, I either have it all or share it. Then I look forward to the next weekend and begin planning where my next dessert will be enjoyed. I associate desserts with pleasure not with desperation.
EXAMINE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH TREATS AND DESSERTS AND SHARE WITH THE COMMUNITY....
Published On: August 30, 2008