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Can I eat dessert and still lose weight?

Marjorie Nolan Cohn
Nutrition & Dietetics

Yes, you can eat dessert and still lose weight. You can’t however, eat dessert every day and expect to lose weight. A reasonable dessert, such as small piece of cake, or a small cupcake, 1-2 scoops ice cream, or any other dessert that is roughly ½ cup portion size, once per week should not affect your weight loss efforts as long as you are following your diet the rest of the week. 

Katie Rickel, PhD
Psychology
Does the thought of turning down Grandma Joan’s pumpkin pie make you angry and resentful? Then plan to have it! Before you arrive, decide upon a reasonable portion size, and then enjoy without guilt. Acknowledge that the additional calories may bring you over your caloric budget for the day, and accept that your choice may slow your weight-loss progress slightly. However, if indulging in this treat in a controlled fashion will prevent you from going home and binging on everything in your freezer later, then you have saved yourself many more calories than you spent on the piece of pie.

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