Ice cream and weight loss, friends or enemies?

06 August 2020

Ice cream and weight loss, friends or enemies?

Ice cream and weight loss, friends or enemies?

We are in the middle of the summer, it’s hot and the only thing we can think about is vacations and beaches, as well as that appetite for an ice cream. But can we combine the diet with the consumption of ice cream?

Ice cream is considered the enemy for anyone trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy diet. This happens because many of the options that are for sale are rich in sugar and / or fat and other nutrients that have no interest.

But in reality, as long as they are properly included in the diet plan and with more appropriate choices or even made at home with adapted ingredients, ice cream may be part of your diet. Restricting them in their entirety could lead to, later on, a rampage eating, so the ideal is to find a balance.

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If you prefer to buy an ice cream, there are healthier options that can you can eat, even if you are on a weight loss diet. We leave you with some tips for making the right choices (still remember that it’s not ideal):

- If you prefer a milk ice cream, eat the smaller ones, as they have a lower calorie value;
- Prefer water ice creams, they usually have about 90Kcal per ice cream;
- Avoid ice cream that contains caramel, chocolate and cream as these components has an increased calorie value
- If there is a light option at the time of the purchase, choose that one. That option will contain a reduction of some nutrient like fat or/ sugar.

But, as previously mentioned, doing it at home is always the best option. They are quick to make, economical and low in sugar and fat. Try our recipe and enjoy:

Coffee Ice Cream

2 bananas (frozen)
2 tablespoons of coffee (powder)
1 cocoa dessert spoons (powder)
2 Natural yogurts

Put all the ingredients in a blender. Grind and place the preparation on ice cream forms or an English cake form.
Take to the freezer for about 4 hours. Remove about 15 minutes before serving to obtain a better texture.

If you need more tips, schedule a free Counseling with our sports nutrition team here.

By Adriana Martins, Nutritionist

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