Food Swaps for Weight Loss

9 Ways to Indulge Your Sweet Tooth Without Blowing Your Diet

Get your sugar fix without storing extra fat

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Sugar isn’t just empty calories—the consequence of indulging goes deeper than that. Consuming sweets spikes your insulin levels, which may cause you to store excess fat. “Weight gain as a result of eating sweets has little to do with calories—it has to do with the insulin surge that puts your body into fat-storage mode,” says Robert Reames, CN, Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute Expert. “A body is not a bank account. It’s a chemistry lab.”

But there is a solution that will help you get your sugar fix and fend off weight gain. “High-sugar items that are accompanied by fiber or protein or fats can help block that insulin response,” he says.

Try these nine swaps that will satisfy your sweet tooth without forcing your body to flip on the fat switch.

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