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10/15/14 3:47 P

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There are some exercise days that are much more rigorous for me than others.

On those days my calorie count is pretty much always low, according to SP calculations.

And where it tends to be lowest is in carb and fat categories, so seems like a perfect place for dessert!



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10/15/14 2:31 P

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Plan out your day ahead of time and see how the treat fits in, that's the best way to avoid (a) overdoing the sweets, if you plan ahead, you know how much to have, and (b) stick to your calorie goals.

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try to go two weeks on a low-carb diet,like The Metabolism Miracle which means no fruit and certain veggies like carrots & peas which are high in natural sugars, after the two weeks gradually add back in the fruits, and after the two weeks you will have kicked the sugar cravings out the door.









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Today I splurged and had an ice cream cone. It was worth the calories and it was a very special treat! Desserts can be figured in to the plans calories. Just walk an extra mile... emoticon

Fruit is my usual dessert!

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5/6/14 11:02 P

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try not to look or eat fruit instead

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Hi. I too want to give up sugar. Wondering whether to gradually decrease sugar in my diet or go cold turkey. I have a sweet tooth and have tried few times to give up but have not succeeded. I love fresh fruits and I know I get enough sugar in my body but cannot go pass cakes etc at work parties. Any suggestion appreciated.



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5/5/14 11:43 P

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Old fashioned baked apples with lots of cinnamon are good desserts, as are poached pears. Add some raisins to the water to sweeten or use apple juice.

The frozen fruit bars are good, and you can make your own too. Fruit juice or pureed fruit blended with a soft tofu then poured into plastic cups. Buy the wooden sticks at craft stores like Michael's. Let sit out for a minute or two to release or dip quickly upside down into hot water. Having the protein in them makes it more like ice cream and keeps the blood sugar more stabile; also I can have as a mini meal or snack.

Another fruit dessert that I love is mixing a can or diced pineapple with a can of mandarin oranges reserving juice from both. Sprinkle with cinnamon then add a dollop of Cool Whip if desired. Finally add some shredded coconut and finish with a few sliced almonds. If you are making for a group or family, don't hesitate to slice in some banana either. My favorite winter fruit salad as it can be made when no fresh fruit is in season.

Another simple snack or dessert is green apple slices with cinnamon and peanut butter. Take it up a notch by dipping slices into caramel sauce.

Personally, a handful of dried fruit is sometimes all I want. A couple apricot slices, 2 or 3 prunes, or a nibble of dried papaya will keep me happy.



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5/5/14 12:24 A

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like fruit

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Im a fan of the jello puddings because they come in so many flavors that they tend to satisfy whatever craving I was having

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MAYBE 2 TEASPOONS OF A GREAT ICE CREAM

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5/1/14 11:45 A

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If I have lower calorie foods the rest of the day then I feel like I can splurge on a dessert that I really want. If I don't have many calories left I settle for a piece of chocolate, etc.

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I count my desert into my daily total but I choose my dessert very carefully so it doesn't have a large number of calories

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4/30/14 8:37 A

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FANCYQTR- that sounds like a wonderful idea, I don't get ice cream because of the fat content, but if I portion it out before I put it in the freezer, that might work for me.of course I'll go for the low-fat, low-sugar version emoticon









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I usually will have dessert on the days when I run at least 4 miles :-) That usually burns about 400 calories.

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4/14/14 3:28 P

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Eat dessert first!

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I usually try to incorporate fresh fruit into the dessert. Like a tablespoon of low fat ice cream with fresh fruit all over it. Or a cup of fruit with just a tad of heavy whipping cream with vanilla in it. I feel better about having dessert because I know I am still getting something good out of it and I am having less sweets by adding in the fruit.

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4/14/14 12:17 P

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My personal rule is no crappy dessert ever. If I have dessert it's going to be delicious, made with the good stuff, and it's going to blow my mind. Because otherwise what's the point. No cookies from a bag, no cupcakes from a box. If I want a cupcake I'm going to go get one from our local cupcake bakery that's out of this world, if I want chocolate I'm going to bust out the really good stuff and have a couple squares. Because for me having something really, really good once in a while is 1,000x better than having mediocre stuff all the time.

One of my other personal rules is that nothing goes in my mouth unless it's going to be good fuel for my body or it's going to make me really, really happy. For example breaded fried cheesesticks. There's one place in town that makes them that's amazing. I split an order with the hubby whenever we go. But I don't get them anywhere else-because no one else's are that good and they're not good fuel for my body.


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You really inspire me! I just had surgery a week ago and I could not exercise for a week while I stitches in my stomach. But when I got then out I decided to dust off the exercise DVD's and go to town! I realize that the surgery changed my eating habits- certain things I cannot literally stomach any longer, so I have no other choice in staying away from them. That helps my plan tremendously! The reason you inspire me- I need to, even if I've gone over my calorie limit for the day, write down everything I eat. Then and only then can I see where I am and make true changes that will lead to weight loss. Thank you for your thoughts emoticon

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I keep sugar free popsicles and weight watchers ice cream treats in the freezer, so I don't feel left out with the inevitable DQ runs my family likes to participate in.

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I was just telling my aunt today about my eating habits. I told her I can be happy with 1-2 cookies and I don't even have to have them everyday. I have girl scout cookies I haven't even opened I got in February!!
Then I told her how I gave up ice cream for lent. I said how the other night we had candy yams for dinner and they were leftover so a little mashed and I kind of felt like that was ice cream. It was sweet and a little creamy like ice cream. haha I told her how if I have something sweet like yams or even baby carrots with dinner I don't really feel the need to have a piece of candy or cookie for "dessert"
Sometimes after lunch I will have a worthers origional piece of candy. They are like 25-33 calories if you have just one.
oh and I usually drink my snapple with lunch, and that is sweet...diet snapple is like 5-15 calories per bottle (depending on the size of the bottle) and it is sweet so it feels like I am having something really bad.
Sometimes in the winter my dessert after dinner was low calorie cappuccino. I really like the french vanilla with maxwell house, I think it was like 30 calories for 3-4 tea spoons. Maybe dip a cookie in it for a little relaxing dessert.

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4/11/14 6:50 P

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I love making desserts with good for you stuff in it. For example, Blackeye'd Pea-nut butter pie has blackeyed peas in it to add iron and decrease the calorie count of it, plus if you us agave nectar instead of the honey I like it lowers the count even more. Also, I only include desserts and processed snacks on days I've burned over 300 calories of exercise (for the most part, we all slip up now and again). So figure out with SP how much your workout burned and try to plan in a small dessert item around that. Just don't binge on it!

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Nice tip about eating chocolate slowly.
I watched a Sparkpeople video yesterday about habits and I believe it was a serious suggestion to combine a bit of chocolate at the end of exercise so that the reward of chocolate is linked to exercise.
And if we slowly let the chocolate melt ...

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By depriving yourself of a dessert does not make you fill good so go ahead and have a small piece and be sated it will make you feel good and the temptation has been faced now get back on track one day at a time



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I slightly altered my definition of "dessert" - and find that I "can have some" almost every day.

I no longer think of "dessert" as having to be a 1000-calorie piece of cheesecake or a half-pan of brownies or a 2-cup mega-bowl of ice cream. Rather, it's "a little something sweet" to end off the meal or as a later-in-the-evening little-sweet snack. This can be accomplished with very few calories!

I discovered "pizzelle" cookies, very light waffle-shaped things, taste and smell like waffle-ice-cream-cones... and they're like... 25 calories each. I have a couple of those with some tea and maybe some cut up fruit. Or. I'll just have fruit - but I'll make it nice - fresh pineapple and strawberries and mangoes cut up and arranged on a serving plate. In summer, I'll have an ice cream bar (not even the lo-fat ones, just ordinary Chapman's Neopolitan - about 170 calories). I've learned how to dish out "good" ice cream in 1/2-cup servings (tip: use a TINY serving container, so the bowl looks "full" - and use a small spoon). Sometimes I like to go out to the coffee shop where I SHARE a cookie or a date square or some other coffee-shop treat - 150-250 calories. No problem.

It's not too often I go for the full blowout dessert anymore. Once in awhile - i might want cheesecake, and when I do, darn rights I'm eating the whole piece. But that's not the only time i get dessert - i have "sweet treats" i.e. dessert, more nights than I don't.

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4/10/14 9:18 P

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ZAKNEE, Years ago I read that 1-3 plain M & Ms (or Hershey kisses) would satisfy any craving if you put them, 1 at a time, in your mouth and let them melt before swallowing them.. It was a totally different way of eating candy than I had ever done before, but I found that after 1 or 2 I had had all the chocolate I wanted. In fact, in time I got to the place where I couldn't eat more than 1 at a time when I did it that way. I don't eat them anymore but occasionally will eat part of a Snickers bar the same way and have never been able to eat more than a couple bites.



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If I want to enjoy some "dessert" I have a sugar free chocolate pudding cup with some whipped cream. The whip cream makes me feel I'm eating something decadent without breaking the bank



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In the past when I "dieted" I would forbid myself from eating certain foods. Inevitably I would binge on one of the forbidden foods and then beat myself up. Also, when I forbid foods I felt trapped and would in the end give in and stop the "diet".

This time I am doing it different. I allow myself one small mocha frappe from McD per week. This works really well because I know I CAN have it once a week. I budget my calories for the day so I don't go over. Also, I keep a bag of Hershey's Kisses in my bedroom, if a chocolate craving hits I have one or two and then I'm good.

As long as you budget your calories an occasional treat won't hurt.

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I agree with Eelpie: "For a lot of people, the longer they go eating "healthy" or "eating clean" or whatever, means that eventually they crave those kinds of foods less and less. and they cut them out of their diet completely. Some don't. Some continue to make those treats a part of their life, in moderation."

If I eat too many sweets, I have cravings. If I eat clean except for birthdays and holidays, I have fewer cravings.

Fruit doesn't tend to cause cravings - they tend to satisfy my sweet tooth, so I tend to go that direction.

When I do have cravings and feel the need for "real dessert" I tend to handle it by having things like pudding cups or Glucerna bars for my chocolate fix - things that will give me a sense of having had chocolate, but that won't add too many extra calories and won't cause sugar spikes - which lead eventually to cravings and hunger for me.

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I definitely have frequent treats to prevent feeling deprived and overdoing it later.

Just track it! Decide what is a priority. If you really want a 400 calorie cream filled donut, have it. But realize that you'll have to budget the rest of your day carefully!

That's just my opinion though.

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Usually, I try to get my sweets in with fresh fruit (bananas and watermelon are my own private brand of crack!). But sometimes I get a craving for chocolate or cookies that will not be silenced.

The problem is that I can't just have one cookie. No, I have an entire package of cookies.

But I'm trying something new. Instead of trying to stay away from the sweets all together (and then suffer through the craving backlash), I'm adding in a small serving every couple days after running. This seems to work well for chocolate. Not so much with cookies. It's hard to find just one cookie.

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Hungary all the time syndrome and cravings for sweets doomed lifetime weight loss attempts until I decided to eliminate both artificial sweeteners and sugar. Once the AS and sugar was out of my system, my taste buds changed along with my eating habits. This change also allowed me to increase the amount of fat & eliminate most wheat and starch from the diet, avoid most processed foods. These past fourteen weeks, loosing over 65 pounds, I have not had one hunger issue, craving for sweets or experience one single food eating binge. No longer desiring the taste of sweets and craving vegetables, protein, fat and water is the greatest feeling ever. Which makes it foolproof as there is no temptation to go back to sugar.

Fruit or sometimes mixed with Greek plain non fat yogurt satisfies my sweet tooth now as I find most all foods with any amount of sugar too sweet. About the only sugar desert I still enjoy is intense dark chocolate 85% or more. It's, healthy, low in sugar not too sweet and satisfies the taste of chocolate.

Having both artificial sweeteners and sugar out of the system has been a life changer in my case. I enjoy eating food at least three times as much over my old eating habits, eating less than half the amount of food I used too. This change has me well on my way to loosing all this weight and be able to maintain it once the weight is off. Considering my history of lifetime weight loss struggles I almost feel guilty how easy it suddenly has become. I have weight loss buddy's and friends who are currently struggling with there own weight issues while it feels as if I am not dieting at all. I plead with my friends to do try no AS or sugar except from fruit. Just knowing how it has affected me I believe it may help others.

I'm a strong believer that consumption of sugar and/or artificial sweeteners combined lead to most eventual roadblocks, hunger issues, cravings, going on food binges. Most likely reasons why most people will loose a weight and gain it all back. If your a typical sugar and artificial sweetener user, often hungry all the time person who experiences food cravings and food eating binges, the person I used to be all my life. Its very likely too hard to comprehend or believe that he/she could possibly have similar eating habit transformations as I have experiences. It took me 48 years to figure this out myself as it was very difficult for me to envision life without deserts, consume a diet that contained no sugar. If I knew what I know now I would not have had a lifetime of weight issues.



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I haven't denied anything in my journey and I have lost a large amount of weight. I eat under or within my calorie range and work on portion size. It's working well for me.

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What I really like is a fat free greek yogurt with mini marshmallows (plain or fruity ones) mixed in, about a handful so .5-1 serving marshmallow.. About 150-200 calories and it is so yummy! if you are feeling creative mix in some fat free coolwhip and no sugar added pineapple to plain greek yogurt with some marshmallows, add a few nuts if you like and bam, a little ambrosia salad yumminess. and protein!



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I decided when I started SP I was not going to have any foods out of bounds. It works well for me.

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I keep treats in the house all the time. Dark chocolate Nuggets with Almonds, Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches and Truffles, and various other things I love.

Since I cycle my calories - eating at the mid to low end of my range for most days, but at the high end on 2 days a week - I use the goodies to add calories on those 2 high end days. I always make sure I've gotten all the carbs, fats and protein I need for the day, first...then I treat myself with something for my last snack of the day.

By the time I wake up the next morning, I'm ready to start my healthy eating again. I've never binged since starting SP...so this works for me. Just knowing I'm going to get a special treat on those 2 days helps me get through the rest of the week with no cravings.

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I have four kids and my husband works on a farm-- there are sweets in the house all the time. I make sure there is fresh fruit in the house ALL THE TIME too! If I want something sweet, I have it, but i make sure I have the extra calories to kill- and that it will be worth it. (the sweets we have in the house all the time, I try to make my less-than favorites. It makes resisting a lot easier)

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If it's in the house, it gets eaten. I prefer to "treat" myself once in a while at a restaurant.



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Like others, I do not keep sweets in the house. However, when I go out to eat, I sometimes share a dessert with my husband. And when I do, I choose what I really want.

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I don't keep sweets in the house. When I grocery shop I allow my kids to pick one treat that they eat on the way home so the temptation is gone by the time we are home. If I really need a treat I get a Weight Watchers or Skinny Cow treat.



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eat the serving size and control portions

i generally have a treat every day


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The best way for me to control my desserts is not to have them in the house and once in a while have one out at a restaurant. I never want my favorite foods to go bad. I hope one day my favorite foods will be the ones that are good for me and not the bad ones but for now just keep it out of the house so I don't eat a whole pie or whole dessert.

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eat a smaller portion of the dessert and work it into your daily calories.

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Interesting discussion
I love desserts, especially ice cream
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Thinking about how to make it really work, I realized I truely enjoy a dessert after my evening meal and would have to figure out how to incorporate it into my plan
So for now I have a small dish of ice cream w/out fruit every night
This is working for me
Unfortunately, for me, the all or nothing approach to desserts does not work
Think in the past, when I tried to eliminate sweets all together I ended up binging on them
The real key here is to make the plan work for you


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if you are talking about eating a sweet on special occasions then I would say to calculate your calories around the amount of no good foods you are about to take in, do a few more exercises to wear off some of those extra calories that aren't necessarily good one. if birthday cake, make a sugar free one. they are delicious. try to make an icing you like that is lighter then straight sugar ones that everyone would like., because the sugar free one isn't very good .i have been without sugary sweets since jan 1 and I don't crave any of it. I do once in a while when seeing a great looking dessert on here or anywhere I say gee that really looks so good but I have not yet indulged in any of it. you have to be in some kind of control that tells you that if you are really wanting to be healthy then those things need to stay out of you food plan. enjoy sweet fruit (the cutie orange helps me) get over a moment. well hope this helps you think about what you really are trying to achieve, which is GOOD HEALTH. good luck I know it is hard but it can be done. I was a big over eater and I am not now for 3 months and I keep almost all the sugar out of my diet. we all can do this if we stick together.

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I'm a big fan of pudding for dessert. I make it with skim milk and then add some whipped cream. It seems to curb my chocolate/dessert addiction.

I also like fruit drizzled with a little light chocolate syrup.

Homemade hot chocolate (skim milk and light chocolate syrup, maybe some cinnamon or almond extract) is another go-to. In the summer I just don't heat it, or maybe put it in the blender with some ice cubes.

As you can see, I've had the best luck if I save one of my dairy portions and do something creative with it to incorporate dessert without overindulging too much.



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4/6/14 6:41 A

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Using small cups is a great idea. I love Chinese buffets but have crossed them off my list while trying to lose weight. (Fortunately we don't live near to a really good one.)
We are planning to go next week. I have decided to look around the restaurant for a small container (they usually have them for soups, sauces etc.,) about 1/4 or 1/2 a cup and use that to measure out my servings. At least that way I can keep track of what I have eaten.
(I know that is not 'dessert', but I honestly prefer savory treats to sweet treats.)





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I have been trying to limit carbs so I can stay off diabetes meds, so I keep room for carbs each day and not worry about the calories (2nd part on advice of my doctor since limiting carbs really has dropped my calories). I love ice cream and last year could not control how much I ate of it. So I got to thinking of putting it into individual serving containers. While I was at the store I thought about those small cups and found some of those and got them. They are 3 ounces each and only 12 g of carbs. For other sweets I am looking for recipes that I can tweek if necessary or that are already there that will be low carb and no wheat, without having high calories.

I know that is different than most people on here. I also like to have cake once in a while, but have found out I am gluten intolerant so I have to find a way to fix it without wheat or have it very, very seldom.

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Psychologically, having a dessert once a week can release the pressure of strict dieting. Be careful however because sweet, salty and fatty foods can stimulate the hormone Ghrelin which activates your appetite. That being said, have your dessert outside of your home after a meal so you're less likely to consume more food. Bringing home a whole dessert pie and thinking you will only have "one" slice generally leads to seconds, thirds and even worse. Don't cut out your "cheat meals", just keep them controlled. Best of luck to everyone!



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All that typing and I didn't even really answer the question: I fit in desserts now and then by making them rare. A 500 or 800 calorie indulgence once a month on average doesn't even register on the scale of food habits to sorry about.

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Guilt free desserts (easy to accommodate in a 1200 calorie food plan):

Sliced banana with a drizzle (1 tsp) of caramel sauce, two teaspoons of chopped nuts and a dollop of fat free Cool Whip (or equivalent).

Peeled and sliced apple nuked in the microwave for two to three minutes with a tablespoon of juice (apple, cranberry, or orange all work nicely), sprinkled with splenda or sugar and a dash of cinnamon (a spoonful of Cool Whip or a yogurt adds a creamy touch)

No sugar added Fudgesicle (40 calories)

SF jello made with 1/2 the water and the addition of a container (6 oz) of yogurt -- refrigerate for two or more hours (I tend to match the jello/yogurt flavors but that is just personal preference)

1 Square of dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa for additional health benefits) -- 50 cal






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I'm a dessert freak, I would have one at every meal if I could. A little hit of something is enough, though, unlike my fiance's family which serves cake and elaborate desserts every day. When that's happening I like the aphorism 'halve it and you can have it'.

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I may be weird, but I sort of resent the entire idea of dessert. We're supposed to ear something sugary every day or we're somehow missing something? Why? I don't want it. I would rather use calories on something else. I'll probably even enjoy that something else (an extra few spoonfuls of stew maybe, or an additional snack when I'm feeling peckish) more than I would the sweets. I find that with the junk food habit cracked I don't actually have all that much of a sweet tooth anyway.

This is not to say I never eat desserts or won't enjoy them when I do, but they're special occasion treats for me. (And I rather resent mediocre ones at that. I want delicious decadent not over sweet high fat goodness when I indulge, not to have some dry box came foisted on me.). I don't want them every day, not at all.

One sweet thing I do enjoy on a slightly more regular basis is a fruit smoothie. My husband will make one about once a week with usually banana, berries, and almond milk and sometimes other things. That's tasty.

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I have only one tasty cake if I exercise at least 60 minutes and save the other one from the package for the next day, only if I get the sixty minutes in again.

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I love this question so much... here is a whole article about it! Just for you :)
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It's tough. While I'm not a big sweet eater, when it's in the house, I want it. I was proud and surprised at myself that I only ate one Oreo cookie when I got a sweet tooth last week. It satisfied me. FYI: Oreos are 75 cals a piece.

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my fave is blended frozen banana "ice cream". Just puree a frozen banana, nothing else.
it is so delish!

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Thats great, although it might be difficult for me since, when I have to adjust 500 cal from a dessert, I usually feel hungry afterwards :( I think that my best way to go is by taking off 100, cals on a daily basis, so I can eat a little more afterwards.



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Thanks a lot for the replies! They are all really helpful, Im going to try some of them.
I like the idea of take off some calories every day in order to indulge a little bit during the weekends, that way I know I really want something :D

Also, these past days I've been trying some things that might work:

1. Eat a sugar free pudding (some are really filling and good and they are perfect for the days in which I have a "small" desire to eat dessert).

2. Eat fruit instead of something sweet after lunch. javascript:void(0)

3. Drink some sweet hot tea: Some are made of fruits and don't have calories, this fills me and relaxes me.



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I've been adding a Frutare Lime Bar or Dole Banana Dippers, delis and both under 100 cal. emoticon emoticon

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Including a dessert now and then is a part of my plan. I'm sorry. If I don't then I overdo it down the road, when the cravings get under my skin. Now I won't eat a whole bag of oreos like I used to, but on the weekend, I will eat one or two. Its my survival mechanism.

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Light jello and . coolwhip Ice cream once in while like something sweet after dinner

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As others have said, I try to factor it into my lifestyle. I try to only have an actual dessert on Saturday, and usually I'm splitting it with my husband or kids. And I try to eat super healthy (lots of fruits and veggies) that day. I think if you deprive yourself and make things off-limits you'll just crave them more.

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The store brand fudgesicles are 80 calories.
I also like banana dipped in a little chocolate sauce, or strawberries the same way.
I sometimes splurge on nice full fat ice cream.
I find I am less likely to go over board if skip the "diet" desserts and go ahead with a small serving of the "real deal". My one exception is "slim a bear" bars, because they are portion controlled, and I really like the flavor.
It helps to remember that the first bite is the best tasting, and each bite after has diminishing returns on the flavor front. If I serve my self three or four bites, eat it slowly and savor it, I can budget almost anything into the day's calorie allowance.

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I enjoy an apple or pear cored and sectioned sprinkled with cinnamon. Microwave on high for 20 seconds and top with a dollop of yogurt.



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I love peanut butter so I smear a little on an apple/cinnamon rice cake
100 calorie fudgecicles
Jello or Pudding cups
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For me, Portions are key, I have a small bowl of frozen yogurt with different toppings *depending on my calorie budget* almost every day. If I feel "deprived" I am more likely to go off the rails! I let myself have a "bigger" treat once a week and I have found that seems to keep me on track

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I love desert, however, since I am trying to lose weight and since I am not craving it as much these days, I like to keep desert 150 calories or less. Deserts that leave me satisfied are dark chocolate, chocolate covered banana, frozen dark cherries, frozen fruit smoothies, dried fruit. Ice cream, cake, hot chocolate, milk chocolate, sweet breads, croissants, energy bars-all leave me wanting more.



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My new favorite dessert idea:
Fresh berries or peaches or nectarines- vary based on fruit.
Sprinkle of stevia (0 calories and natural)
I dessert strawberry shortcake cup (has 60 calories)

Total calories- about 100-125 and super yumm


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I have a few times a week an 8th of a dark chocolate bar, 72% dark, (one square) and some strawberries or black berries. It gives me that something sweet and is about 100 calories. Something to try....

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When I decided to lose weight I didn't go on a diet knowing I'd eventually go off the diet. I changed the way I ate to focus on healthy foods most of the time, tracking daily, staying at my calorie goal and moving every day. With that approach I can work in a dessert now and again and feel no guilt. Even if I go over one day, I can accommodate the next.
One thing I do consider though is the "is it worth it?" If someone made a delicious cake or pie or cookies, I'll have some.....won't waste calories on a twinkie.

Now in maintenance and often has ice cream for dessert - not a huge portion and not the super rich variety. Nice evening snack and I plan for it in my daily calories.



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Many great ideas given but if you feel deprived of something like a dessert you want it all the more so go ahead and have what you want be sated go on from there just remember moderation in all things even a small bite will satisfy one day at a time
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I always have fresh berries and cashew cream in my fridge. They make a wonderful sweet treat. I also love this website chocolatecoveredkatie.com for healthy desserts.

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I keep these pineapple muffins in the freezer most of the time:
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At under 60 calories they satisfy my occasional sweet tooth with little sugar and no fat.

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I'm the same, I have FF whip and frozen berries always on hand. Occasionally I'll buy the little sponge cake cups and put whip and berries in there.



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I'm pretty much a dessert person and feel no meal is complete without it. So I have SF Jello with a little fat free whip or warmed applesauce with berries and FF Whip and it really hits the spot.

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My husband and I have lost 50 lbs between the two of us, and we both have a sweet tooth. That means building in 1/2 cup of slow churned ice cream each night. 120 cals, and we bought cute ice cream dishes and spoons, so it feels indulgent. Maybe once a month we'll get dessert to share when we go out to eat, but very rarely.

Building it in daily helps me a lot.



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