Is it better to Cheat than yearn for sweets?

We all have cravings. Some of us yearn for a big Hershey candy bar while others crave a McDonald's Big Mac or a tub of Kentucky fried. And try as we might, most of us cheat occasionally whether we admit it or not. I've often thought the cure for cheating is to buy fat-free or sugar-free and then eat all I want. I've done more than a few of those benders.
Now, Some Cornell University researchers have found that overweight people who choose the low-fat, no-fat, and fat-free options for their snack foods end up eating twice as much as those who eat the regular version of the same snack food.

Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, Prevention's nutrition director says, "The terms fat-free or sugar-free can create a green light effect, triggering people to eat more."

Yep--I've been there, done that too. It's a little disheartening to learn that most of these special fat-"less" foods actually have the same amount of calories as their regular counterparts.

It's a sad fact because everyone feels the need for a "food reward," occasionally.  Here's a couple hints to fill that ole 'hunger for reward' if you get it every now and then:
  • Choose something that you have to leave the house to get and reward yourself with smaller portions only--a small fresh bakery item, a cup of lobster bisque
  • If you love ice cream -- have a small scoop of premium. It's more rewarding and fun to wait for the special treat than to eat the whole carton straight from your freezer
So no good "reward" food should be forbidden, but eat in small quantities and less often. I was watching Valerie Bertinelli the other day on Joy Behar. She said she loved bread, so occasionally she butters a piece of bread and eats 2 bites and discards the rest. Simple.

It sounds like a plan to me!
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