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The Best Candies for Weight Loss

author image Melissa Sabo
Melissa Sabo is an occupational therapist who started writing professional guidebooks for all Flagship Rehabilitation employees in 2009. Specializing in applied therapy and exercise for non-medical readers, she also coauthored a manual on wheelchair positioning. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy.
The Best Candies for Weight Loss
Selecting the right "diet" candy helps you stay on track. Photo Credit: Fuse/Fuse/Getty Images

Many sacrifices must be consigned when you are trying to loose weight. Most diet plans recommend little or no sugary sweets however this can be challenging. Allowing yourself some appropriate sweets, such as certain candies, will help you to control your cravings and reduce your risk of impulsive overeating.

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Sugar-free Candy

Sugar-free candy contains chemicals that are unhealthy.
Sugar-free candy contains chemicals that are unhealthy. Photo Credit: jenifoto/iStock/Getty Images

Sugar-free candy may seem like the obvious choice for dieters, however this type of candy has many negatives. First, just like diet soda, sugar-free candy will trigger your body to expect a sugar spike because your taste buds have sensed the sweet flavor. But, when your sugar levels do not increase your body will be confused and you will actually crave more sweets. Also, sugar-free candy often contains chemicals which can be unhealthy if eaten in significant quantities over your lifetime and can cause digestive problems when eaten.

Diet Chocolate

Watch out for diet chocolate bars!
Watch out for diet chocolate bars! Photo Credit: S847/iStock/Getty Images

Beware of diet chocolate! Although this may seem to be the perfect solution for dieters, there are many issues with this type of candy. Sugar-free candy bars often contain only 10 or 20 less calories per bar. Unfortunately you are more likely to consume more diet chocolate candy bars than traditional candy bars, resulting in increased caloric intake. Also, because diet chocolate often has a lackluster flavor and texture, your craving may not be satisfied and you may resort to consuming non-diet chocolate thereafter.

Hard Candies

Hard candies can be a good choice for those watching their caloric intake.
Hard candies can be a good choice for those watching their caloric intake. Photo Credit: Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images

Hard candies can be an excellent choice for those who are watching their caloric intake. One small "snack size" candy bar often yields 100 to 130 calories. Conversely, one hard candy usually contains 15 to 30 calories and takes twice as long to consume. Also, hard candies will moisten your mouth and coat your throat which can reduce the sensation of hunger. Next time you are craving sweets try eating one hard candy first to curb your cravings, enjoying the candy slowly and avoiding chewing. After you have finished the hard candy your craving may have subsided and your impulse to eat something unhealthy may be reduced. This will also give you time to mentally assess your situation and gain control over your impulse.

Chewy Candies

Chewy candies take longer to consume and can feel more satisfying to eat.
Chewy candies take longer to consume and can feel more satisfying to eat. Photo Credit: kviktor01/iStock/Getty Images

Cravings satisfaction comes as the result of several factors, including flavor, adjustments in blood sugar level, and the act of chewing. Dieters are often encouraged to slow down and chew more while they eat because this will allow their bodies the chance to recognize satiety before the consumption of more food. Choosing small chewy candies, such as jelly beans, or small crisp candies, like a deconstructed candy necklace, allows you to consume 20 or 30 pieces of candy for the same amount of calories in a small piece of chocolate or candy bar. Candy buttons can be another great option because the process of removing the candy from the paper strip increases the time of enjoyment and consumption.

Portion Control

Remember to watch your portion sizes.
Remember to watch your portion sizes. Photo Credit: Yingko/iStock/Getty Images

The old saying, "everything in moderation" rings true when dieting. You can consume any candy you want if it is in small, controlled quantities. Give yourself a daily allowance of 100 to 200 calories per day of any candy, and make sure that you do not eat any bigger portion of candy than this. For more extreme dieters, consider only one, small candy treat, such as a wrapped 1-inch chocolate square, after lunch or dinner to satisfy your sweet craving.

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