Guest Post: Lose Weight With Ice Cream

Losing weight involves commitment and diligent. You should be properly motivated and have a strong reason for doing so. Whether it is for health reasons, to gain self confidence and self-esteem, to look good or for a special occasion, you have to be smart while at it. Its not just about denying one self. You can actually follow a diet plan that allows you satisfy your ice cream craving and lose weight at the same time.

Ice cream diet

The ice cream diet is believed to have been created by Holly McCord, a registered dietician and former nutrition editor of Prevention magazine. Its aim is to help dieters lose weight and still be able to include ice cream in their everyday meal. McCord wrote a book in which he described the ‘ice cream diet’. Here, he stated that dieters can eat a moderate amount of ice cream everyday but must eat low-calorie meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Avoiding a dessert you lovewill lead to overindulgence and weight gain. McCord believed that the high calcium content of ice cream helped dieters feel less deprived as they tend to feel when following a strict diet plan.

Before embarking on this diet plan, Dieters must be sure to contact their doctors before making any changes to avoid health complications.

McCord advised dieters to consume 1,250 calories a day and then consume ice cream which makes it a total of 1,500 calories.

Unlike in times past where people believed consuming ice cream contributed to weight gain and should be avoided, recentstudies have however shown that consuming ice cream offers the following benefits:

• Ice cream provides a healthy weight for middle-aged and elderly women.

• Studies have shown that Ice cream can cause happiness as it lights up the brain’s pleasure center.

• Consuming ice cream when on a diet also helps reduce your sugar cravings and the temptation to indulge.

It is however important to note that eating ice cream everyday is considered a ‘fad diet’ and this can cause complications like: risk of developing chronic disease and poor athletic ability. It is therefore important to eat a variety of fresh fruits and veggies, lean protein and whole grains in moderation for every meal. Don’t eat ice cream just because you have to. It is also possible to control the amount of sugar in your ice cream to suit your requirement.

How do you go about it? When is the right time to have ice cream?

A healthy ice cream diet should follow this routine:

Breakfast

2 tablespoon-full sugar-free peanut butter

1 grapefruit

Lunch

2 slices low calorie, low-carb bread

½ cup of tuna or ½ cup low-fat feta/cottage cheese/½ cup of sardines. Zero added oil.

Dinner

1 cup of green vegetables that are steamed, grilled, raw, or sautéed. String beans, spinach and zucchini are excellent choices.

5 oz lean protein — you can use tasty spices, but no oil

1 small apple or pear (with the skin)

1 cup sugar-free vanilla ice cream

1 cup beets or carrots

The routine listed above shows that you still need to follow a healthy diet. With ice cream included in your diet and taken in moderate amount, your cravings for sugar begin to reduce.

How do you begin to pick from a variety of flavors the best one for you?

It has been discovered that the most popular ice creams are actually the ones with the higher amount of calories.

Here is a list of brands you can trust. They are low in calories and nutritious for you

•            Halo Top Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough; 90 calories per ½ cup

• Turkey Hill Light Recipe Moose Tracks; 140 calories per ½ cup

• Edy’s Slow Churned Chocolate; 100 calories per ½ cup

• Breyers Mint Chocolate Chip; 75 calories per ½ cup

• Turkey Hill All Natural BlackBerry Swirl; 140 calories per ½ cup

• Arctic Zero Cookie Shake; 35 calories per ½ cup

• So Delicious Chocolate Velvet; 130 calories per ½ cup

• Proyo Dark Chocolate Toffee; 120 calories per ½ cup

• Enlightened Frozen Hot Cocoa; 90 calories per ½ cup

• Breyers Delights Cookies and cream; 82 calories per ½ cup

• Halo Top Red Velvet; 90 calories per ½ cup

• Bulla Light 98% Fat-Free Vanilla Ice Cream; 100g 122 calories

• Nadamoo Himalayan Salted Caramel; 120 calories per ½ cup

• Enlightened Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip; 100 calories per ½ cup.

• Breyers Butter Pecan frozen dairy dessert;140 calories per ½ cup.

• Blue Bunny Premium Chocolate ice cream;130 calories per ½ cup.

• Edy’s Coffee ice cream; 140 calories per ½ cup.

• Blue Bunny Almond Pistachio ice cream; 150 calories per ½ cup.

• Breyers Salted Caramel dairy dessert(frozen); 130 calories per ½ cup.

When choosing your flavor/kind of ice cream, what really matters is not taste but nutrition.

However, most ice creams are high in preservatives, colors and carbs. It is advised to make your own homemade sugar free ice creamso you will be able to control the amount of sugar in it. Sugar-free strawberry and banana ice cream is an ideal choice. It needs no sugar and gets its sweetness from strawberries and vanilla.With simple, natural ingredients like whole milk, vanilla pod, egg yolks, strawberries and banana, you can have your easy to make sugar free ice cream. The advantage of this is you know what ingredients your ice cream is made of and you can control the sugar level, in this case none. You can also experiment with your own flavors. The most important thing is to ensure they are sugar free and healthy.

Conclusion

The ice cream diet doesn’t mean you are allowed to deviate from your normal strict plan. It is just a means of curbing your sugar cravings and providing you with other benefits. You can also have other sugar free snacks. Follow a healthy and balanced diet and indulge yourself in your ice cream craving when you feel like it. All you need is diligence and patience. One day at a time.

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