How To Eat Dessert When You Are Trying To Lose Fat
As I am writing this, I am in the middle of a 90-day challenge that I set for myself to lose fat and improve the appearance of my skin. This has forced me to adjust my diet in order to align with my goals, and I have had to give up a few things, such as setting an alarm to wake up really early in the mornings, so I could get more sleep, and also bigger portion sizes of certain foods, but there is one thing I am definitely not giving up. Yes, you guessed it: dessert.
Here is how I am making dessert part of my fat-loss journey:
Calorie Counting. I know, I know. A lot of people don’t like calorie counting, and while I agree that it can make a lot of people feel more stressed, I like doing it and knowing makes me feel better and less stressed sometimes. I don’t always do it and have periods where I eat intuitively, but I have decided to track right now. Calorie counting makes it a lot easier to fit (hopefully healthy) desserts into your diet. You can use an online calculator or a food-tracking app to make things easy. I like MyFitnessPal.
Making Low-Calorie Desserts. I don’t always have low-calorie desserts. I still have my calorie-dense fat bombs, but most of the time, I try to opt for low-calorie options like a few blocks of dark chocolate or chocolate mousse made with egg whites. I also recently learned how to make marshmallows and promise that I will share the recipe soon.
If I Have Fruit, It Is After A Workout. While trying to lose fat, I am also trying to limit my carbohydrate and sugar intake. However, every few weeks, when PMS hits and I start craving carbs, I will have some desserts made with fruit or just a piece of fruit, but I will workout before I do. The reason for this is because when you do a hard enough workout, your body will want to replenish its glycogen stores afterwards, so if you have carbohydrates afterwards, your body will store a lot of it in your muscles, and maybe even all of it depending on how much muscle you have and how much you are consuming.
I Keep My Main Meals Small. In order to make room for dessert in my diet for fat loss, I reduce the portion sizes of my main meals and am also having low-calorie options like bone broth and eggs daily. If I want to eat 500 calories at a meal, for example, I will keep my main meal at 300 calories and have a healthy dessert that contains 200 calories.