Oreos, Chips Ahoy, Wheat Thins - all the flavor with just a measly 100 calories. So, what could be better?
Well, for one thing, there's the simple fact that you need to stop after one pack!
This trend in "diet" foods is a bit tricky. On the one hand, it's offering you the chance to watch your caloric intake while still enjoying the foods you love. A good thing, right?
But the fact is, many people are buying into the idea but not following through on the actual lesson. Instead of limiting themselves to a single 100-calorie pack, people are tempted to eat more than the single bag.
If you down one bag for breakfast, nibble another during your coffee break, and then tempt yourself with a couple extra bags stashed in your car, those 100 calories at a time start to add up!
The whole point of these products is to make it easy and convenient for you to control your portion size. While the companies make it easy through this ingenious packaging ploy, it's still up to you to exercise self-control. This goes for all foods, when it comes to watching your diet.
Here are some tips to help drive the lesson home:
Don't tempt yourself! If you want to limit yourself to just one pack, then don't make additional items available. Pack the snack in your lunch bag, and stick to the plan!
Be sure to read the package. One hundred calories is fine, but you might also want to factor in things like fat content or sugar, if you are looking to cut back on those things in your diet.
Remember, it's always best to balance out the "reward" foods with other, more nutritional items. Work off that Double Stuff Oreo by crunching on some crispy apples or carrots. Sometimes, the mouth workout you get with these healthy foods curbs the craving for other, less nutritional items. (Yeah, yeah, it's not the same, but it DOES work!)
Finally, the real point of these products is that you CAN enjoy the things you love without having to feel a bunch of guilt. If you eat mindfully, and in moderation, you can certainly reward yourself with a tasty treat! Make GOOD decisions you can feel GOOD about.
Amy Applebaum is the Life Coach behind Bootcamp for Your Mind, a company designed to create life-changing breakthroughs. She holds a BA in Speech and Organizational Communications, and certifications as a Life Coach, Hypnotherapist, and Timeline Therapist. Her e-book, Bootcamp for Your Mind: Six Simple Steps to Solving All Your Problems. Forever. is available online.