A donut once every so often as a reward is somewhat better (although using sweets as reward mechanism is also dangerous), but at least you don't train your body to expect it and if you do it in a way to fully enjoy it, instead of gulping it down in 2 bites in your morning rush, will allow you to truly appreciate the decadent joy those treats are!
The average iced doughnut will provide up to 500 kcal which represent 20% of a daily intake for an average middle aged man.
If you sit on it, after a few hours the body will store it as fat.
If you don't want to store it, to spend 500 kcal, you will need to go jogging for 42 min or dance 60 min of Zumba™
There is also the nutritional value of it. 500kcal provided by fats and sugar is not the same as 500kcal of proteins provided by a 9oz steak.
Just to put some perspective, each of the following also provides +/- 500kcal:
– 6x eggs
– 5x bananas
– 4x slices of bacon
– 1x Big Mac
I'll let you draw your own conclusion 🙂
I guess eating a donut occasionally after an otherwise healthy meal during the day is not the end of the world. But it's still not good.
I could do with a few less as I have previously over indulged but as a treat, donuts are fantastic:)
Eating a donut is not bad.
Moderation is best in almost all things.
But mainly for those who are looking to lose weight, yes.
The worst time is the night.
Ask yourself how to best nourish your body with healthy food every day. There are so many great nutritious choices! Prioritize fruits and vegetables with healthy proteins and fats like nuts, dark chocolate and avocado. Whole grains can also be a nutritious indulgence.
Don't be afraid to get creative and try new recipes. If you crave pastries, there are so many healthier versions that are easy to make now. Try googling high protein or low carb muffins or even pancakes. I have been enjoying experimenting with crepe making (no sugar and higher protein than regular pancakes) and serving with lots of fresh fruit and sometimes cottage cheese.
If you do reach for a donut, make it a mindful and deliberate choice, not an impulsive one. Make sure the rest of your day has nutritious and balanced selections. Bon appetite!
If after answering those questions, you think "maybe the doughnut is a bad idea", try banana bread. It can be sweet and can be full of nutritional values (depending on the recipe). I love my mom's banana, zucchini, rasin, carrot, and nut bread. Super filling, but still sweet