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Very Low Calorie Diet: What About Sweets?

By Amelia Handley

I have a sweet tooth? Do you know what that means? It means that my teeth actually hurt if they haven’t been offered something sweet in over 2 hours. Just kidding. But I do like sweets. So does that make me incapable of sticking to a very low calorie diet? I don’t think so. In fact…I know so. People who like sweets are perfectly capable of sticking to a very low calorie diet. They just have to know when to indulge, when to substitute and when to avoid it at all costs.

Sometimes when you’re on a very low calorie diet there’s a calorie limitation, but no other set in stone guidelines. In this instance you are free to indulge in sweets. You just have to be ultra careful because sweets are typically so high in calorie compared to other foods. And you have to make sure you leave enough calories leftover after your short indulgence to stretch for the rest of the day.

Know your available substitutes. This will depend upon the particular very low calorie diet that you are on. If you have a sweet tooth this may very well be the most vital preparation you can do for the start of your program. You’ll need to know exactly what you’re going to access to fill that “sugar void” for the duration of your very low calorie diet. Choose a sweetener that won’t kill your calorie count for the day and that is approved by your program’s protocol.

Low calorie sweeteners (sugar substitutes) are all over. Some still like SweetNLow or Equal. But others opt for what’s becoming known as intensely sweet options: aspartame, sucralose, neotame, acesulfame potassium, stevia or saccharin. These carry an “intense” sweetness in very small doses. So they help immensely when trying to get that “sweet” taste in without spending all your calories.

There are two sweeteners approved for use while following the HCG diet. These two sweeteners are stevia and saccharine.

Adding appropriate sweets to your HCG approved meal plan is much easier when you have access to recipes that have been tried and tested. For example there’s an entire dessert section in the HCG Diet Direct Recipe Guide that is filled with yummy sweets (desserts and snacks).

And then there’s still that one last option. You can just go without sweets. Even if you have a sweet tooth you are capable of indulging it or not. It’s a great method and it’s one we should all learn at one point or another. When dieting you have to be able to say no to things that you may want. It’s just that simple.

Amelia Handley studied exercise science at university with a minor in Nutrition. Yet she still found herself veering from diet to diet in order to control her weight. With HCG Diet Direct she’s found a program that allows her to combine her desire to control her own body weight with her education and not feel off balance.

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