I`m a chocolatier - pastry chef. I love my fatty, suggary foods and wouldn't find life worth living without.
If its something you want and love, there is no reason at all you should not be able to have it every day AND BE HEALTHY. 300 cals is not going to make or break your otherwise healthy day.
Can you get by with half? That might be something you do, but nothing at all should tell you that if you want it, if you love it, you can't or shouldn't have it. As you say, though, there is sacrifice for everything we do, and you want to make sure you are actively choosing this, rather than it choosing you.
Of course you'll still lose weight as long as you're in your calorie range..it might not be the best idea to eat a donut EVERY day.. but it won't effect your weight loss if your within your range nonetheless.
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5 5/28/12 11:44 A
Personally, I would not eat a donut everday. For me to practice healthy eating it requires a 24 hours of healthy eating. That is my personal preference. That being said, 90% of your meals shold be healthy, your main meals.
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6,997 5/28/12 11:40 A
I think you can if you don't indulge in other treats and maybe eat it for breakfast but as you know it's hard on your colesterol and triglycerites! I eat nature valley granola thins at 80 calories has a little dark choc on bottom ! I would rather have the cream filled donut but mine would be a cream filled chocolate covered long john !
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If you have a major sweet tooth I would browse the Spark Recipes section for something to help satisfy it without resorting to the donut everyday. I agree the a sometimes treat is fantastic, but like the others have said it's not the healthiest and can be a "gateway food" by causing other cravings and messing up your blood sugar.
I really like Luna bars for an easy, go to sweet that isn't terrible for you. Also, a handful of sweetened cereals like Annie's or Envirokidz, something organic and with less added sugar. This has helped me stay away from ice cream and donuts. HTH!
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It wouldn't work for me. So go best laid plans. Refined sugars impact me by causing cravings for more and more to keep the high going. It would also be empty calories, leaving me nutrient deficient.
You have lost weight...so something is working. I checked about a week of your tracker and have a question.
Have you been able to work sweets into your diet the entire time you have been losing weight or just recently?
If it is recently or more of it or more often then a word of warning. I lost 100 lbs when I was 27 and had one day where I ate dessert. When I was near my goal, I justified eating more sweets. I told myself I could handle it and would burn it off in my workouts. It was the beginning of the end. If you are rationalizing, the donut or whatever everyday will beat you.
Secondly you are young but your lack of a balanced diet will catch up with you. Several others have said, that donut is taking the place of fruits and veggies. Eat less of the junk less often.
In my opinion, it also makes a difference where you are in your weight loss. When you're obese, you have a larger calorie allowance and weight loss is just generally easier (per pound, that is; staying on your program is always mentally difficult.) You can eat a little junk and still lose weight; it slows you down, but it doesn't stop you. Maybe you'll only lose 1.5 pounds when you could have lost 2 without the donut, but you're still moving in the right direction.
Once you get down to about 20-25 pounds of your healthy weight, on the other hand, there's a lot less room for messing around. At that point, if you're doing everything you can, you're still only going to be losing about 1/4-1/2 pound a week. A donut a day is 1750 "wasted" calories a week. That's exactly half a pound. So the calories you need to cut are still there in the form of donuts. Cut back to one donut a week, and you've got 1500 "free" calories to help you lose.
I guess the answer is that as long as you're healthy and still losing weight, it's okay, but in order to get the last 20 pounds off, you'll probably have to ditch most of the junk food.
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2,704 5/27/12 1:27 P
"but stay within my calorie limit and meet all my nutrition needs will I still loose weight or is it destroying my diet?"
It wouldn't destroy your diet.
But that's not what is happening. When was the last time you ate fruit? When was the last time you ate vegetables in two meals on the same day? Your diet is extremely lacking in fruits and vegetables, and I would imagine you're not even approaching some of your nutritional needs- Vitamin C and calcium are big red flags to me. A donut a day won't kill you, but eating so little fresh, natural, whole foods just might.
If you stay within calories and meet all your nutrition needs, you are fine. You should enjoy your life and your food, even when dieting.
With that said, it depends partly on how many calories per day you are eating and whether everything else you eat is nutritionally dense or if you are also eating other junk (and even granola bars/sports bars count as junk!). If you are eating 1200 kcal/day including the donut or other junk then it is unlikely you are getting ideal nutrition. If you eat 1900 kcal/day you can probably get away with a 300 kcal donut if you don't eat other junk. I personally eat 2000-2200 kcal/day of late, and I eat 200-300 kcal in junk most of the time. It doesn't hurt one's effort at all if the overall diet is constructed intelligently. See the twinkie guy someone posted below. Also, I take a multivitamin daily to make sure I cover all my vitamin and mineral needs.
I eat a couple hundred calories of sugary treats almost every day. The thing is, I'm a 5'11" man with a 2550-calorie goal-weight maintenance allowance. I can afford it.
If that tiny woman in your avatar is you, you may have serious trouble fitting in a 300 calorie donut EVERY day. If I were you I'd try what BUBBLEJ1 said, and cut down, maybe to once a week or less.
You should also keep in mind that Boston cream donuts, and all donuts in general, are DEEP FRIED, and loaded with trans-fats, which aren't good for you to eat in large quantities every day. My sugary treats tend to be things like sweetened shredded wheat or sometimes chocolate, which play hell with my blood sugar but ultimately aren't going to harm me in moderation. If I ate a donut every day, I'd feel sick.
If you must have sweets EVERY day, I might suggest something nutritious but sweet instead, for instance the sweetened, flavored shredded wheat I enjoy. That way you don't end up malnourished.
I probably have 300 calories worth of 'junk' a day. I build it into my calories. I'm losing weight steadily. You may find that you run out of calories quicker, but essentially you are just eating a 1200 calorie diet then spending the other 300 calories on a donut. Is it healthy? Not really, but it is better then depriving and then binging. Maybe try cutting down, and have a donut every 2 days, then every 3 etc?
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Very true. I've found that if I binge on sugars, it makes me crave even more sugar! It then takes me a couple of days of suffering "sugar-withdrawal" for my body to get back to having normal cravings instead of intense ones.
If I eat something like a cream-filled donut, I only eat a part of it and then combine with some proteins or fiber and a little fat to help flatten the glucose spike.
In addition to the nutrition factor, the sugar and processed carbs will send your blood sugar on a roller-coaster ride, which makes it much more difficult to curb cravings, and will impact your energy level. While you may love those donuts so much that you can't give them up, the more you eat unprocessed carbs, the less appealing that donut will be to you. Most of my carbs these days come from beans, potatoes, fruit and a bit of whole grain bread or pasta, and my sugar cravings have gone down to about nil. It's really great to have that monkey off my back!
I second what Unident said. If you're restricting calories to lose weight, it is going to be hard enough to get all your nutrients in if you don't eat the doughnut. But, if you do eat it, you're eating about 300 empty calories (or more?), making it even harder to get the nutrients you need in your remaining calories.
Not only satisfaction, but how healthy would one be?
"Weight" is, yes, purely about the calorie limit. You'll lose weight on 1500 calories of a healthy balanced diet, or 1500 calories of twinkies or donuts.
BUT if you're fitting a 300 calorie donut into your day every single day, you have to think of two health issues. Firstly, donuts aren't healthy - what the heck is having one every single day going to do to you! But secondly as well, what "real nutrition" are you skipping, in order to stay within a calorie limit that includes a 300 calorie donut? Are you getting enough "nutrition"?
Some studies suggest that many obese people are malnourished - diets high with twinkies, fast food, sugared sodas and deep fried goodies don't tend to offer a lot of vitamins and minerals and general good 'nutrition'.
So ... yes you could lose just as much weight. But it wouldn't be worth it. Have one now and then if that's your "special treat" that you really can't give up but a donut every day? NOT a healthy way to live!
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That's an interesting article. I wonder though...was he ever satisfied? I know that if I eat my normal breakfast which consists of oatmeal or an egg and english muffin, and always one fruit, what have you, I feel much more satisfied than when I eat a donut. Plus I would be able to get a lot more food for the same amount of calories as a cream filled donut. The question is, would you be satisfied by just eating one donut every morning? If so, do it.
You can still lose weight, but will you be satisfied? You're looking at 250-300 calories for one donut, mostly likely. The problem for me, is once I have one, I usually want another or something else sweet. But, so long as you can stop at one, honestly stay in your ranges, you can lose weight. As already mentioned, there is the guy who did the "Twinkie" diet....
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3,171 5/26/12 1:56 P
Did you hear about the scientist who tried the twinkie diet and lost a lot of weight?
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