If you're like me, you have a sweet tooth from time to time. Many times, I am able to successfully distract myself and not indulge but from time to time I do enjoy a tasty treat. That treat usually comes on the weekend and it is a planned event, rather than being done on whim so that it fits within my calorie budget for the day. I know that may seem like a foreign concept but, it IS possible to indulge now and then and not totally wreck you plan.
Let's use McDonalds as an example:
Choice #1: Mc Cafe Strawberry Shake (12 fl oz)
550 calories, 16g fat, 10g saturated fat, 90g carbs, 79g sugar
Choice #2: Mc Flurry with OREO cookies (12 fl oz)
510 calories, 16g fat, 9g saturated fat, 80g carbs, 64g sugar
Choice #3: Hot Fudge Sundae (no peanuts)
330 calories, 9g fat, 7g saturated fat, 53g carbs, 48g sugar
Choice 4: Baked Hot Apple Pie
250 calories, 13g fat, 7g saturated fat, 32g carbs, 13g sugars
Here's how I would rank the choices from highest quality to lowest:
1. Baked Apple Pie.
2. Hot Fudge Sundae.
3. Mc Flurry with OREO cookies.
4. Strawberry Shake
I must admit that I love strawberry shakes, but when I look at the cold hard facts it's clear that it should only be a rare indulgence. Not only is the small shake equivalent to the calories in an entire meal, it is loaded with processed carbs (which will turn to fat if not burned off), and sugar (79 g of sugar is the equivalent of nearly 20 teaspoons!). As much as I love them, strawberry shakes are not what my body needs on a regular basis. Neither is the OREO Mc Flurry.
If I go with the Baked Apple Pie, it only takes 250 calories from my budget and I still have 1350 for the rest of the day - more than enough. The Hot Fudge Sundae isn't a bad choice either.
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