Eat ice cream and lose weight? According to Prevention Magazine, you can “indulge your cravings and slim down!” What a perfect time for ice cream! The summers here and nothing like a refreshing ice cream cone to cool us off. But does ice cream contribute to weight loss? Can it really help people lose weight?
For those of you who followed the 30 Day Fast Food Diet Challenge, you may have noticed I had a cup of chocolate ice cream most nights. I tried not to do that all the time, but I noticed I felt really good when I did. I felt more satisfied, in a better mood, and I felt my body looked leaner too, especially the next morning after eating it. I always talk about how I use the mirror and my clothes as the judge of how my weight loss is going, rather than the scale. When I eat ice cream at night, I look thinner in the mirror and my clothes fit looser. My abdominals are always my biggest guide of my weight, and I’m anxious to see what 30 days of ice cream will do for my abs. It’s not good to have a lot of belly fat, because that’s associated with heart disease. Maybe I could have my best abs ever?
I didn’t have ice cream last night: bummer! It definitely feels like something is missing when I don’t have ice cream at night. I feel like I’m trying so hard to fight the urge, and I don’t want to live like that. And oh, just to mention, you’ll be getting all the same “thoughts” about a lot of different things that have to do with weight, weight issues and weight loss, all lumped within each part of the 30 Day Ice Cream Diet Challenge. I’ve done this with every series so far, and I think it’s been effective. I always hope I can be a learning tool for someone who is struggling with their weight.
So, yes, it’s not a good thing to feel like I’m suffering trying NOT to eat something. It wasn’t until I put a stop to trying to deprive myself did I lose weight. Now I eat what I want, although I do make tradeoffs. I guess you can say I’m just being smarter about my eating, meal timing, portions, and I don’t eat emotionally anymore. I was once out of control with food. The amount I should have been eating wasn’t enough to fill me up. It was frustrating to be hungry all of the time. And, the more I ate, the more I needed to eat. It was like putting gas in the car but the tank never got full. I had no filled gage, so I kept eating and eating.
Luckily life hasn’t remained that way. I thought it would, but a lot has changed. Allowing myself to give into cravings has changed my life. Ask yourself, what foods can’t you live without? Is it ice cream? I can’t live without it! If there were some medical reason why I needed to, of course I would stop eating it, but since there’s not, I’m going to enjoy it.
What’s my plan?
I plan to have a cup of ice cream every night, just as I did most nights on the 30 Day Fast Food Diet Challenge. The other addition? On those super hot days, and those hot days that I have a hard long outdoor super drenching sweat workout(hiking or something like that), I’m going to have ice cream as dessert probably about a half hour to an hour after dinner. I’ll have this ice cream treat as an ice cream cone, instead of in a cup.