It sounds ludicrous, but you can actually eat ice cream every day and still lose weight according to health experts. That doesn’t mean you can consume copious amounts of ice cream and expect to look like a model either. Moderation, as well as eating the correct type of ice cream, is the key. In fact, a little ice cream every day is actually good for you according to registered dietician Marsha Hudnall.
Benefits of Ice Cream
The benefits of ice cream are physical and psychological. People always want what they cannot have – especially when it comes to food. When you tell yourself that you cannot have something you almost always end up fixating on it. By allowing yourself to have a little ice cream each day you feel in control as well as satisfied.
There’s nothing better that satisfies a craving better than ice cream. Instead of abstaining altogether, and eventually pigging out on a half-gallon of Ben and Jerry’s, why not eat a half cup of light ice cream each night. The goal should be a lifestyle change. Completely abstaining from ice cream for the rest of your life is not a realistic goal.
Ice cream is also loaded with calcium. Over 90% of women over the age of 50 meet the recommended daily allowance of calcium intake. A lack of calcium can lead to brittle bones and osteoporosis. Calcium also facilitates the fat burning process in the human body. A diet low in calcium causes the body to store fat.
Now that we’ve discussed the benefits of ice cream, how much should be eaten? A reasonable amount should be no more than half a cup at one time. And that’s once per day for those of you wondering. The healthiest ice creams (sounds like an oxymoron) come in at about 130 calories or less for that amount.
Healthy Ice Creams
Edy’s Slow Churned Strawberry Ice Cream – keep in mind that you are going to pay a little more for healthier ice creams, but the few extra cents is worth keeping the unwanted pounds off. Edy’s comes in at around $5.75. a half cup serving yields only 110 calories and 3 grams of fat.
Breyers Light Cookies and Cream – of course it is not as creamy as the original but it does have half the fat. This cookies and cream flavored ice cream comes in at 130 calories and 4 grams of fat.
Haagen-Dazs Light Dutch Chocolate – this is the perfect ice cream for the chocoholics out there. It’s one of the richest of the light ice creams out there. Haagen-Dazs is known for their great ice cream, and this light flavor does not disappoint. The stats: 190 calories and 5 grams of fat in half a cup.
Haagen-Dazs Low Fat Dulche de Leche Frozen Yogurt – this is consistently ranked as the best tasting frozen yogurt on the market. The swirls of caramel throughout the frozen yogurt make this one enjoyable dessert. A half cup has 190 calories and 2.5 grams of fat.
Paciugo Caramel Gelato – this gelato packs a punch as long as its name. The sea salt in it intensifies the flavors making it seem rich and explosive. A half cup of this gooey goodness is only 160 calories and 4.5 grams of fat.
Häagen Dazs Açai Berry Sorbet – once again Haagen Dazs makes the list. This acai berry sorbet is extremely dense and packs a flavorful punch. Plus, acia berry is loaded with antioxidants and can even help you lose weight. This fruity sorbet has only 120 calories and 2 grams of fat per half cup serving.
PJ Madison’s Kashmir Cinnamon Organic Ice Cream – this stuff is not available in every store, but for those with access; consider yourselves lucky. This USDA certified organic ice cream is a gelato style dessert, meaning it does have some extra calories and fat. The cinnamon flavor combined with the creamy vanilla taste will absolutely blow your mind. PJ Madison’s comes in at 190 calories and 11 grams of fat per half cup serving.
Edy’s Slow Churned French Vanilla – this is a great option for all of you vanilla lovers out there. The texture is pretty creamy and it goes down smooth. Comes in at 105 calories and just 3 grams of fat.
These are just a few of the examples of ice creams you can eat without sabotaging your diet.
If you are still skeptical by the idea of losing weight while eating ice cream, think of all of the other desserts out there, like cakes and pies, for example. One serving of those desserts would cost far more calories than two servings of ice cream.
So the next time you go shopping at the grocery store and fancy for a decadent dessert, reference to the list above or be on the lookout for ice creams under 200 calories per serving and you’ll be on your way to successfully losing weight while eating ice cream.