Saturday, November 13, 2010

Eating Ice Cream and Losing Weight Successfully

Everything is relative...and so, relatively speaking yes there is healthy ice cream.

This article from Shine gives you some choices: America's Healthiest Ice Creams and Yogurts

They give you all sorts of numbers....calories, fat grams, etc, if you are into that.

What is super important to keep in mind is the portion size. The article is citing buying a serving in a ice cream shop--not a container in the grocery store. A "serving" or scoop is about 1/2 cup.

It is tempting to say for the same money I can buy a pint at the store (when it is on sale)...but if you find that you would eat the entire pint then you are better off paying more per bite and getting a cup--or you will find yourself emptying the container. In that case multiply the calories quoted by 4. Yep, there are 4 servings in that pint.

Whether you choose one of the lower calorie suggestions or you are like me and really are a dark chocolate fanatic, buying a scoop instead of a pint can help us savor a favorite treat without throwing our sugar senses totally out of whack.

I know some people like to buy low-fat, or low-sugar, or ice milk sorts of desserts. That's fine if you honestly like the taste. If not, you are better off enjoying smaller portions of foods you really like. That keeps you from feeling deprived, which is a direct, "do not pass go" ticket to a binge!


andita said...

i prefer diet by drinking plenty of water and eat lost of fruits and vegetables

Laurie Tossy said...

I also encourage people to drink plenty of water and making healthy food choices, including fruits and vegetables. However I Refuse to Diet and create a list of forbidden foods. My personal experience and observation of so many others reveals that when we do that we actually will GAIN weight and FEEL BAD about ourselves. The purpose of life is to feel good and to enjoy our lives--including sometimes having foods that are "bad" for us.

Changing our thinking about our bodies and the foods we can/should eat is essential to permanent physical and mental health.

To the healthy, energetic and slender body that you so deserve!