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If you think that being on a diet means having to avoid dessert, then think again. With these diet-friendly recipes, you can have dessert every night and still lose weight.
The one huge issue many dieters face is giving up their beloved desserts. Cakes, pastries, fondues, tarts, roulades – whatever your vice is, chances are you’re going to have to eliminate it from your diet if you want to lose weight. These desserts are just too high in calories, fat, sugar, and additives to be included in a weight loss plan. In theory, you could eat small portions, and provided your calorie intake was low enough, you’d still lose weight, but there are three problems with this:

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Firstly, as desserts are so calorie dense, your portions would have to be absolutely miniscule, and to fit them in your calorie allowance, you’d end up starving yourself for the rest of the day.

Secondly, desserts are a poor provider of good quality nutrition. Most are a mixture of fat and sugar, which will leave you feeling tired, lethargic, irritable and lacking energy. This doesn’t make for a productive like, and will make your workouts feel like much more effort.

Finally, once you start eating dessert, are you really going to be able to stop? Very few people are capable of having just a tiny sliver of cake, or half a muffin. You start with good intentions, then before you know it, you get a taste for what you’re eating, and you’ve devoured a whole three person portion in the blink of an eye.

So unfortunately, unless you have the self-control of a monk, traditional desserts are off your dieting menu. But that doesn’t mean you have to starve your sweet tooth altogether, as there are ways you can include diet friendly desserts on a daily basis – you just have to be smart about it.

When choosing dessert, there are a few factors you need to take into consideration:

Protein

Does your dessert contain a high amount of protein? An adequate protein intake is essential for optimal weight loss, as it boosts your metabolism, aids digestion, improves recovery rates, and helps rebuild cells and muscles after training. Protein is also slow-digesting, so keeps you feeling full, and burns lots of calories while it’s being digested. Traditional desserts contain very little protein, hence why you need to eat a lot to satisfy you, but with a protein packed dessert, you’ll need a lot less.

Calories

Calories are the most important thing to consider when losing weight, as to see results, you need to consume fewer calories than you burn. The lower calorie content a dessert has, the more you can have of it, while remaining in a calorie deficit.

Carbs

Carbs provide energy, but too many of them will have the opposite effect, and make you feel drowsy and ignite cravings. Sugars in particular have this effect, so keep an eye out for low sugar desserts.

Read more: Strawberries: a Low Calorie Snack with Amazing Health Benefits

Fat

Fat isn’t quite the dieting enemy it’s been made out to be, as a moderate intake of good quality fats is essential for your body to function properly, and like protein, fat also makes you feel fuller. Most desserts contain lots of trans and hydrogenated fats though, which your body can’t process properly, and that wreak havoc on your body’s system. Stay away from these.

Vitamins and Minerals

The more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in your dessert, the better. Fruits and veggies are the best providers of these, so bear that in mind when making your dessert choice.

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