The most important step to getting healthy is improving your diet. Stay away from processed foods, don’t overeat junk food, and avoid anything that has sugar. “But what’s left that is delicious?” you are probably wondering.
The good news is that you can break the third rule and not do damage to your body. Having a dessert every once in a while will not result in punching another hole in your leather belt. The bad news is that you can’t do that all the time. We all have to fight “the battle of the bulge” at one point.[slideshow:81957]
Sugar leads to a quick increase in your blood-glucose level. That results in the release of insulin, which then tells your body to store fat. So the more sugar you have at a time, the high levels of glucose in your blood, and the longer you store fat.
The key is to find the perfect balance between staying healthy and indulging in fun but not-so-good for you activities. Easier said than done, we know, but there is no way around it. The path to a fitter body is different for everyone with some tips, such as cooking with healthier ingredients, working well for some, while going to the gym more often is enough for others.
Many favorite desserts have well over 1,000 calories, most of which are saturated fat and sugar. Chocolate chip cookie sundae, for example, has more than 1,300. It won’t fill you up but you technically need just about 700 more to reach the recommended daily calorie intake. Brownie can often have shocking 1,200 calories! In the interest of keeping our sanity and preventing depression, let’s stop here with the examples, but you get the picture.
So don’t give up dessert. Instead, keep in mind a few tricks you can use to sweetening your day a little bit without jeopardizing your health by overfilling with calories, fat, and sugar.
1. Have a dessert once a week
Consider having your favorite piece of cake every Saturday instead of every day. That way it will probably remain your favorite because you don’t have it so often. Think of how many calories you won’t have to burn later by sweating at the smelly gym working out. Hint: Close to 1,500. Losing one pounds means burning 3,500 calories more than those you consumed. So you can technically lose a pound every two weeks or so – or about 25 pounds a year.
2. Lift weights in the morning
One session of weightlifting reduces the effect a meal high on sugar has on blood glucose by 15 percent, according to a study by Syracuse University. Exercise uses up your energy, which is stored glucose. Your body’s immediate reaction is to make sure you have enough energy and so it will send the glucose to your muscles, reducing your blood-sugar levels.