4 Tips for Eating Candy without Ruining Your Diet

4 Tips for Eating Candy without Ruining Your Diet

Candy is a delicious treat for almost everyone. It can cause a child to throw a raving fit when denied of its pleasures, and it can cause an adult to abandon even the best diet plan. Luckily, it's very possible to stay on track with a diet and enjoy candy at the same time. Here's how: 

Portion Control

Candy can be enjoyed each and every day on your diet, but only if you eat a small amount. It's not the best idea to eat a full-sized candy bar every day on your diet--that would take up too much of your allotted calories without providing enough nutrition. However, eating a couple of bite-sized chocolate pieces every day is a great idea. Try keeping two (and only two!) bite-sized candy bars in your purse throughout the day. When you get stressed or hungry, enjoy one. Be sure to enjoy the taste at a time that you can really savor the flavors--perhaps while on a break at the office.

Just knowing that you are allowed to indulge in a few sweet treats can keep you from packing too much candy into any one day. Look at Hershey's miniatures, miniature Reese's and other bite-sized candy brands that you think you might enjoy.

Hard Candy

Hard candy is a great way to enjoy something sweet while you're watching your weight. As long as you don't eat the contents of the entire bag of candy, these sweet little treats can solve the sweet tooth dilemma without providing you with many calories. There are sugar-free brands of hard candy, but many of them aren't lower in calories or marked as diet food. Always read the nutritional information on a pack of candy before deciding which brands will work best with your diet goals.

Scheduling

While keeping small pieces of candy on hand may work really well for many people who are on a diet, some people will be able to stick more closely to their diets if they know that there's a delicious bite of candy waiting for them later on. If knowing that there is a treat waiting for you at the end of the day is a good motivator for you, then save your miniature pieces of chocolate for dessert after you've consumed a healthy dinner at night. If you choose to go this route, however, make sure that you have portioned your treats out ahead of time. Otherwise, it can be too tempting to choose one piece too many.

Exercise

The key to losing weight is simply to eat less and exercise more. If you want to balance the scales of your weight loss plan in a way that allows you to eat more calories while still losing weight, exercise for 10 to 15 additional minutes per day.

You can also talk to a personal trainer to figure out how much more time you need to add to your workout in order to lose weight successfully while also satiating that need for candy.