Avoid Sweets Self-Help Advice

Written by Paul Wolf

Achieve success losing weight with these tips. Avoid a dessert today, then tomorrow. Before you know it, you'll have strong will power.

Are you one of those people who absolutely must have dessert, believing no meal is complete without it?

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Kick the habit. Don't buy desserts and bring them home.
Have beautiful fruit available and eat at the first sign of a "sweet tooth" hunger pang.
Don't even look at a dessert tray or menu in a restaurant.
Drink water at the first sign of hunger. Often, you really are just thirsty.
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Unfortunately, dessert-aholics don't have a triple layer cake to stand on. There is no biochemical basis for seeking sweets after a satisfying meal.
"It's a habit," says Jo Ann Hattner, a nutritionist and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. "There is nothing about blood sugar or the need for sweets after a salty meal that makes you have to have dessert."
Daniel Lewis, a self-diagnosed dessert-aholic disagrees. The 44-year-old research scientist calls his constant craving for sweet-and-creamy desserts a physiological and emotional need.
"Desserts are the perfect legal drug," he says. "The only cost is a few extra pounds. It's a choice I'm willing to make. I have stopped temporarily in the past, but I'd need a pretty good reason to do it again."
The dessert habit, for obvious reasons, gets worse around the holidays, and may take months to break. When you are exposed to it, you want it, says Hattner. Much of what we are attracted to with desserts are the smell, appearance and presentation.
The best approach to kicking the habit is to stop making excuses and to stop putting yourself in dessert-dangerous situations. Don't even look at the dessert tray in a restaurant, and sweep your house clean of sweets.
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