It will inspire you to be active
“The number-one thing I love about dessert is that what you see is what you get. When I reach for a piece of chocolate, I’m making a conscious decision to have a treat,” registered dietitian Jaclyn London told Good Housekeeping. Since you know what you’re eating when you indulge, you can also make the conscious decision to work it off afterward. If you can’t live without dessert, one way to balance your sugar intake is to stay active during the day and maintain a diet low in other added sugars, suggests Johnson. Taking a stroll during lunch or hitting the gym after work can lead to a whole bundle of other health benefits, too. So what if you had that brownie after dinner—you deserved it!
It’s a (somewhat) healthy breakfast staple
When mom said you couldn’t have dessert until you finished your veggies, she was wrong! Researchers at Tel Aviv University surveyed about 200 adults on low-calorie diets; half ate a 600-calorie breakfast that included a cookie, slice of cake, or donut, while the other half were given a 300-calorie meal packed with protein, including tuna, egg whites, cheese, and milk. Those who ate the sweets reported fewer cravings and less hunger throughout the day. And get this: both groups lost weight, but the sweets subjects kept on losing it even as the low-carb dieters gained back what they had shed. Experts believe this is because eating more calories in the morning provides your body with energy to last the entire day, limiting unhealthy snacking. You’ve never had a better excuse to chow down on those chocolate-chip pancakes—but don’t do it every day, since they’re still packed with loads of fat and sugar that affect more than your waistline.