10 Reasons To Skip Desserts
I know, I know. All your life you’ve loved desserts. I was the same. I had a twenty-six year love affair with desserts. You name the cake or pie and I gave myself unto them, heart, soul, mouth and stomach.
Then, one day, I knew it had to end. I had to say the tearful, final goodbye. I had to put away my favourite dessert spoon forever. It was wrenching, and a plate of spinach tried to cheer me up. But it wasn’t the same.
Okay. I’m being a tad dramatic.
First of all – you don’t have to give up desserts forever. Second, skipping desserts a few times a week is not that bad and it isn’t that difficult. It really isn’t. Once you’ve skipped one dessert, you’ll realise how easy it is.
You’ll also be more aware of the great benefits that come with saying No to an apple pie or an ice-cream coated brownie.
If you’re trying to improve your diet, skipping desserts is key. Here are 10 reasons to say No to post-meal delights.
Your Productivity Will Soar
What too many people don’t realise is that unhealthy food, such as cakes and pies, doesn’t just add weight – it also causes brain fog.
See, as much as bad fats and empty calories contribute to increased weight around our hips, abdomen, thighs and so on, they also find their way to our brain. And here, they wreak havoc.
Basically, unhealthy food slows you down. It reduces mental awareness and focus, and therefore kills productivity.
Altering your diet so that you’re eating less desserts is a good idea if you want to get smarter about the way you work. Swap cakes for fruit, and you’ll have a lot more energy.
You’ll Feel Less Sluggish And Bloated
Okay, so you’re feeling kinda full after your meal. But you can still stand up, walk around and do stuff. You feel okay.
But uh-oh. The dessert has just gone down and now you can’t move. You for real CANNOT MOVE.
In fact, you’re stuck to the chair!
Cutting out dessert will leave you feeling a lot better after your meal. There will be less sluggishness and a reduced risk of feeling bloated. Win.
You’ll Feel Happier
Yes, what you eat impacts on your brain. Some foods lift your mood, while others bring it down.
And while sugary treats might give you a temporary lift because they taste OH SO GOOD, the lift really is just fleeting.
Bananas, for example, are great at boosting your mood because they contain dopamine, a so-called happy chemical that makes us feel better.
Dark chocolate is also a mood enhances, thanks to its polyphenol content.
Cakes and pies, on the other hand, suppress our good spirits and ultimately leave us feeling blue. Especially when we get on the scales again.
You’ll Reduce Your Risk Of Disease
Desserts come in a variety of forms, shapes and sizes. But the ones most of us eat are nearly always stuffed with sugar, cream, milk chocolate, and other kinds of tasty-but-bad stuff.
As such, cutting out deserts will reduce your risk of disease, such as diabetes, over the long run.
You’ll Be Less Stressed
You’re probably noticing a pattern by now. What you eat can greatly affect your mental faculties to the degree that it can leave you feeling unfocused, down in the dumps – and stressed.
There are some foods that are really good at keeping our stress hormone, cortisol, in check. Foods which are stuffed with essential micronutrients, such as fruit and vegetables, are really good at this. They regulate our cortisol level so that it doesn’t get out of control.
But there are also some foods which don’t give a fig for our levels of cortisol. They fall asleep at the gates, and allow the stress hormone to escape and run riot.
And sugar-coated desserts are guilty of this. Not cool!
Your Immune System Will Improve
Over time, years and years of desserts will eventually compromise your immune system. And this isn’t cool, because a compromised immune system is one that isn’t able to carry out its duties.
This means you will be more susceptible to common colds and infections, and it will take your body longer to recover and heal.
You Will Better Manage Your Weight
If you’re trying to lose weight right now, it’s a no-brainer that you should skip desserts at least five times a week. Sure, you can treat yourself at the weekend because everyone deserves a reward. Going forever without a desert will just make us resentful.
But cutting down is a good idea for weight loss. It’s just a case of simple dietary choices. If you must eat something after dinner, replace a cake with a piece of fruit. Order strawberries without the chocolate cake. It can be done, and you’ll feel a whole lot better for it. I promise.
You’ll Spend Less Time At The Dentist
When I was younger, I spent SO much time at the dentist. I literally lived there. An obvious reason for this was my diet.
And desserts played a key role.
I loved desserts but they were ruining my teeth. Once I cut them out, my molars gave my a massive hug.
You’ll Eat Less
The funny thing is that when I started skipping deserts, it never even crossed my mind that I was eating less. Indeed, it was left to my friend to point this out to me.
“Did you know that you’re eating less … but still feel just as satisfied?”
It was true. I was skipping desserts, but I still felt just as full.
This is because by the time the dessert menu arrives on our table, few of us are actually hungry. We don’t need a dessert – we just want it.
Eating less isn’t going to leave you starving so much that you have to threaten to eat your husband. It’s unlikely to make a jot of difference. And if it does, simply find healthier alternatives.
Your Future Children Will Be Healthier
What you eat can affect your future children’s health. Think about that.