Sunday, October 2, 2011

SWEETS AND TREATS

Check out the earlier posts about "good carbs", which are the whole wheat breads, pastas, brown rice, milk, fruit, and vegetables.

But when we think of carbs, we usually think of the "bad carbs" first. What does this mean?

Bad carbs give us very little nutrition, vitamins, or minerals. They are just empty calories, fat, and lots and lots of sugar! 

These are processed foods, sweets, and candies. Too many can lead to weight gain. Sadly, these "bad carbs" are the most delicious, which makes them so hard to resist! 

Donuts are 250-500 calories depending on the type. That's almost 1/3 of your whole day's worth of calories!

Cookies, cakes, and pastries can add up fast too. Most are 70-150 calories per cookie and it's really hard to stop at one isn't it?


Sugar-sweetened beverages like soda, sweet iced teas, juices, energy drinks, and sports drinks fit in this category too. Try to limit these drinks by drinking more water or switching to diet soda if your goal is to lose weight.
Sports drinks and soda are about 150 calories for a 12 oz can and 200 or more calories for a 16 oz bottle. These calories are pure sugar and add up quickly!

These "bad carbs" should be limited to 0-3 times per week as a treat only. Try sharing a dessert with a friend if you normally have your own, or a group and only have one bite! If you find that you you are too easily tempted to eat the whole thing, just say NO! In a little while you'll feel better, fit into your clothes, and not even miss sweet treats anymore!





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