All yourself one serving of an empty calorie (candy, cookies, ect). By doing this, you won't feel deprived. As time progresses, you'll realize you don't even need that sweet, but it's nice to know one serving won't set you back.
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Calories themselves aren't necessarily the enemy. Empty calories are.
While it is true that a McDonald's hamburger has fewer calories than a 6" Subway Veggie Delight, which do you think is actually the healthier choice? Just because something is lower in calories doesn't mean it's always the healthiest choice.
I eat my entire serving of the least calorie dense food (salad, fruit, vegetable), then most nutrient dense (beans, whole grains, seeds/nuts) before having the least nutritionally important foods (refined carbs, foods with added or unhealthy fat, starches lacking vitamins & fiber, etc.).
This way I'm eating plenty but minimizing my intake of empty calories and maximizing the nutrition in my meal.
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