I know that if I deprive myself of sweets I will not be able to stick to my program so I found a cookbook called Cook Yourself Thin and they have wonderful recipes for everything in there as well as sweets. Chocolate cake being one of the recipes in there for ppl like me. You should pick up a copy.
It's helped me to not binge on sweets which enables me to keep on my program. Also I do buy the 100 cal snacks in the store to help me on the run and I've still dropped over 252 lbs, it works for me.
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I do not like to continually deny or deprive myself of forbidden foods. I fool myself by saying that I can have that treat AFTER I eat my meal, if I am still hungry. After eating a healthy meal, I am full and satisfied and do not crave the sweets. I know I am deceiving myself, but it works for me.
When I fill myself up with good for me foods that are low in fat but high in nutrients, vitamins, and lean protein, I lose weight quickly and stay on track. As soon as I see the first few pounds come off on the scale, I get hyped to stay on track.
I try to cut down on sweets, but if I am having a complete craving, I try to find a lower in fat version of whatever I am craving. For example if I am craving chocolate, I will have a cup of hot cocoa, a york peppermint patty, or a pudding cup. Then I don't feel "deprived"!
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