We'll be the first to admit that it's ridiculous to ask you to give up sweets altogether. This is the reason we have the 100 discretionary calories a day rule - you can indulge if you're smart about it. One of the key ways to be smart about it is to identify the really bad sweets in your current diet and transition to healthier alternatives.
If you're guilty of over-consuming sugar but want to make a change, make a list of smart sweets. Not only will they curb those cravings, they'll help you hit your fitness goals that much quicker and leave you satisfied without the guilt.
Amazingly, the average person consumes over 22 teaspoons of sugar every day - that's over 335 calories with next to no nutritional value whatsoever. While most of those calories come from soft drinks and candy, a lot are added to foods during the processing or preparation and hidden by marketers.
Excessive consumption of sugar does more than alter the outward shape of your body. Too much sugar can cause depression, affect your memory, contribute to learning disorders, increase your blood pressure, and much more. Crazy!
Even though these are smart sweets, be sure that your desire to eat is actually from hunger rather than boredom or thirst. Check out the Hunger Tests article for more info!