This is not an “eat this, not that” comparison. I encourage you to eat any ice cream you want. Ice cream is our friend.
But it’s also one of the foods that so many people have an all or nothing approach towards. People won’t let themselves eat ice cream regularly, so if they do have it, they’re gonna go to town on a full pint of Ben & Jerry’s.
For too many people, ice cream is an automatic diet de-railer.
You don’t need to over-indulge to enjoy ice cream. Let’s say you’re on a family road trip and Dairy Queen is your next stop. Everyone is getting some ice cream, so you want to enjoy it with them! Problem is, you’re watching your calories and really don’t want to completely blow your progress on ice cream.
You can say screw it and accept that you’re going to consume a ton of calories, and order that Oreo Blizzard with over 1,000 calories. Or you can go for the vanilla cone, which might not be as exciting as an oreo-packed Blizzard, will still satisfy your sweet tooth and make your heart happy. At about the same calories as your average protein bar, you know that you can enjoy your cone and stay right on track.
By all means, go for the large Blizzard if you’re feeling adventurous. But if you’re in the mood for ice cream, you don’t have to consume 1,000 calories worth.
Nobody is saying that you can’t get a Blizzard if you truly want that. I mean, sometimes you just need to treat yo self! But too many people believe that it’s all or nothing with dieting. They believe that if you want to lose weight, you need to be super strict with your diet. That ice cream will completely blow your progress.
Is ice cream the healthiest thing in the world? No, of course not. It’s a treat after all. But if you want it, it doesn’t need to be all or nothing. There are options out there for you to have your ice cream and eat it too. And if you’re anything like me, you want it All. The. Time.
You can very much enjoy ice cream AND stay on track towards your goals. Even if those goals revolve around weight loss!
Instead of fighting that ice cream craving for months, what would happen if you allowed yourself to enjoy a cone every once in a while?
Not only will you actually get to enjoy some ice cream, but that craving will not build to an uncontrollable level where you feel like you NEED that giant Blizzard.
At just over 200 calories (or 300 if you go with a medium cone) you can very easily fit an ice cream cone into your day without worry. Even if your goal is to be in a caloric deficit overall, you can find the room for 200 calories worth of delicious in your day.
It’s not a bad thing to have a craving. Sometimes you just want something sweet and delicious- ice cream checks those boxes. If you want ice cream sometimes, don’t tell yourself that it is off limits. There are plenty of options out there that don’t equate to 1,000+ calories!
Remember, moderation is always key. Never say never when it comes to ice cream, that’s what I always say!
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