If you can control yourself, I suppose it won't totally derail your efforts. If it's just the chocolate, I will occasionally eat the super dark chocolate... but I'm not a chocoholic, so it's not the same issue, really.
I wonder if there's sugar-free M&Ms? I know Atkins makes some M&M candies, and while I don't know the calorie count, I know the carbs are really low. I've had some of those, and they're pretty good. But remember - this is a "review" from someone who isn't a sweets addict! LOL
I love chocolate, I eat some everyday. I prefer to eat a high quality 80% dark chocolate that is low in sugar.
Like the others have said, if you can eat a few and it doesn't lead to binging and over eating than go for it. But if if does its time to re-evaluate as eating sugar tends to make you crave more sugar. Not only that but eating foods high in sugar can really mess up your taste buds causing you to not appreciate the natural sweetness of healthy foods.
My son and I both love peanut M&Ms or peanut butter M&Ms. Once in a while - every two weeks or so - when I stop to fill up on gas on my way home with him, we run inside and buy one package and split it; one package is about 250 calories so each of us enjoying half puts it in a much more calorie-manageable snack range of 125 cals or so. If it's not fill-up time, it's not M&M time. There are other sweet treat snacks kept in the house, but somehow M&Ms become a Mommy-Buddy outing when he was 4 or 5 and we've kept it up. By attaching it to something on a reasonably static schedule (barring work road trips, but we stick to the 2+ week fill-up schedule), it gives both of us something to look forward to and since it's a Mom and Son event, most of the enjoyment comes in that short but sweet (literally and figuratively) treat with the kiddo more than the candy; we fill up, pull to a parking spot and head in, buy a pack, then sit in the car and each pour a handful and trade our colors (he likes green, blue, and yellow, and my colors are red, orange, and brown). Never thought getting gas could be such a giggle-filled outing before that little bug came along!
How often do you fill up your gas tank? Or do you have other similar errands on a weekly or less basis that you could make your M&M allowance queue?
One of the best things I did was cut out concentrated sweets. Now I no longer crave my typical treats. I loved M&Ms and a dozen other things. Now I crave fruit. It is a journey.
8/3/14 1:22 A
I prefer Smarties which I think are Canadian. At any rate, M&Ms, Smarties - none of it's very good for you! Before my husband and I were married he got me Smarties for a road trip we were taking and now we always start our road trips with a box of Smarties so only an occasional treat and a family tradition.
Plain M&M's are one of my favorite treats. A serving every now and then won't hurt anything unless you use it as an excuse to binge. Even then, mistakes happen and as long as it's not regular enough to obliterate your deficit, you'll still lose weight.
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I can relate. I'm like a chocoholic but for booze. Do it once in awhile, fit it in your range, profit!
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8/2/13 11:06 A
If you're only having "a few"... what's the big deal? Just fit it in your calorie range. I'm not a huge fan of M&Ms but they're great because they're easy to make last as opposed to devouring a whole chocolate bar. You can suck on one at a time and eat them slowly. The snack-size ones are great, only 50 cals if I remember correctly. As long as they don't cause you to overeat or crave sweets, I really don't see how it's anything to feel guilty over.
I agree, nothing works the same for everyone. You have to know your trigger foods and if 1 will be enough, or if you will go in for the "kill." If you can control yourself, schedule it for 1 day, otherwise avoid it like the plague - ice cream is my downfall.
8/2/13 10:44 A
yep, you have to find what works for you. my "trigger food" is ice cream. if I start, I find it very hard to stop. I "hate" the people that can have ONE skinny cow ice cream sandwich a day and save the rest. I eat the whole box in 24 hours.
but if you can fit the M&Ms into your plan in moderation, then go for it. even a few every day isn't bad if its part of your plan and doesn't "trigger" you into going off plan.
as for me and my ice cream.....I allow myself to go out for ice cream about once a month, but it is NOT allowed in my house.
You may find that if you schedule a serving of M&M's on Friday, that you won't feel deprived, because it will cause you to overeat the entire weekend.
Moderation only works if you can stick to that ONE serving. Statements like " I have to let myself have a few! ", aren't very encouraging as far as your ability to control how many you eat.
I would monitor this very carefully. If you stop losing, or can't stick to what you planned, I would avoid the M&M's ( the "death" of your diet ). You may have to cut sugar to cut cravings. If you can maintain 1 serving a week, enjoy.
Edited by: RUSSELL_40 at: 8/2/2013 (09:51)
8/2/13 5:23 A
I agree with PP. If you schedule some M&Ms in your diet you won't feel so deprived.
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