10 Reasons To Skip Dessert And Replace It With Fruits
Should you really swap dessert for fruits? If you want to get healthier, fitter and lose weight – then yes! Totally!
Life is all about decisions – the ones we make and the ones we don’t make. Over a year ago, I made a concentrated effort to change the way I looked and felt. I’d been meaning to change my diet for the last five years, but I was never 100% determined. As such, I never made the decision to take action.
At the start of 2016, I finally resolved to change the way I ate. And once I’d made that decision, there was no turning back.
A key part of my “diet” had always been dessert. I’ve always loved cake and chocolates, and I loved nothing more than to eat them after a meal (often both lunch and dinner!). Deciding to ditch them altogether and substitute fruit was literally the biggest decision of my twenty-five years of existence.
I cried. Seriously. There were tears. My mom had to hold me (while she discreetly took a bite of her cake).
But look. Skipping dessert (which is calorific) and swapping it with fruits has been an amazing decision. I feel healthier, I’m fitter – and I’ve never looked or felt better.
And you know what? Fruits are tasty as heck! Strawberries, mangoes, peaches, oranges … YUM.
You’ll have your own reasons for visiting this page. Let’s take a look at what’s possibly in it for you if you skip dessert and replace it with fruits.
The Taste Factor
Taste Factor? More like The Wow Factor.
When we were kids, many of us had an aversion to eating vegetables because they tasted so bland. No matter how much your mom tried telling you that spinach was tastier than candy, you just weren’t buying it.
Vegetables, I can understand (what was God thinking when he made sprouts taste like that?).
But fruit? Fruit tastes amazing.
If you’re not convinced, it might be that you haven’t yet tried fruit that you like. There are many varieties out there, and there is something for everyone. Do some experimenting. Try this, try that. Try something you’ve never heard of before, such as dragon fruit. Excite your tastebuds and senses.
Fruit Gives You Energy
Fruit is energy on tap. Once eaten, it releases its natural sugars into your bloodstream almost instantly, giving you a jolt in energy.
And that’s gotta be better than feeling sluggish and bloated after a cake, right?
Fruit Is Rich In Carbs
Did you know that the human being has evolved in such a way that we are meant to live on carbs?
Take a look at the peoples who live the longest, such as the Japanese, and you will see that they live on a carb-rich diet.
And fruit is easily the best carb food. So go on – give your body what it wants the most!
Fruit Is Low In Calories
If your main goal right now is to lose weight, eating dessert after a meal is clearly not a good idea. Yes, a cake now and then is okay. But after every single meal? Not cool.
Fruit instead of desert after a meal is an easy way to shed some pounds because it’s (all of it) low in calories.
Naturally low in calories.
Of course, some fruit is richer in calories than others. So if your main goal here is to lose weight, it’s a good idea to do some research into the kinds of fruit that are super-SUPER low in calories.
Fruit Is Good For Your Digestive System
Unlike pastry, fruit is not going to bloat you or give you gas. Instead, it’s going to flush out your system and leave you feeling fabulous.
It’s Low In Sodium
If you opt for fruit instead of desert, you don’t need to worry about added sodium in your diet because it’s naturally low in the stuff.
Sodium is a tricky thing because it tends to be everywhere, which means that controlling our intake is difficult. But by swapping desert for fruit, you’re taking a HUGE step in the right direction.
And remember – less sodium means less risk that your blood sugar levels will spike and crash.
Fruit Is Stuffed With Nutrients
You know what nutrients are, right? Nutrients are the sources of energy your body needs to function. Without essential nutrients, all kinds of things can go wrong. Not only will your energy levels drop, but your immune system will be weakened, leaving you vulnerable to infection. Your risk of developing diseases will increase, you metabolism will slow down, and your blood sugar levels will rise.
More visible issues will occur too, such as wrinkles on your skin.
We all need nutrients, and the best place to find them is in fruit. Stuffed with vitamins and minerals, fruit is the number one best way to get healthier and fitter.
You won’t find potassium and zinc in a chocolate brownie!
Fruit Is Convenient
Yes, dessert is pretty convenient, especially if you order it at a restaurant. But so is fruit.
In fact, fruit is even more convenient. How hard is it to peel a banana, dip into a bowl of grapes or slice a melon? It’s easy!
It’s basically fast food.
Fruit Is Cheap
Fruit is cheaper than all those cakes and pastries you’ve been stocking up on. I know this from experience. When I made the switch from desserts to fruit, I saved myself a heap of cash throughout the year.
Moreover, if we were to look at it in terms of cost-per-nutrients, fruit will come out massively on top. It’s a no brainer!
Sure, some fruits are a tad on the expensive side (such as a large avocado), and organic fruit will cost you a bit more. But you’ll still be saving money while getting healthier (and arguably eating something tastier).
Fruit Is Full Of Water
Water is the elixir of life, but most of us don’t consume enough of it. If you’re not keen on the taste of water, you need to get yours from different sources other than a glass of the stuff. And fruit is the next best place.
Fruits such as melons are 90% water. Eating more will keep you hydrated, which is especially good for your skin.