What’s scarier: creepy costumes, or candy corn?
Tempting treats, probably, whether you’re following a strict weight-loss plan or just aiming to eat healthy without too much added sugar. But there are ways to ease the damage Halloween can do to your diet, from when you buy your candy to how you portion it out. Here, some of the best tricks we’ve heard for sticking to a skinnier Halloween.
Buy candy the day of or before Halloween.
If you’re stocking up for trick-or-treaters, minimize the number of days the candy is in your house beforehand. Research shows just looking at food triggers the circuitry in our brains that makes us imagine eating it, says Susan Albers, PsyD, a psychologist and author of the book Eating Mindfully. If you’ve already bought candy, keep it out of sight in the back of your pantry until your doorbell starts ringing.
Also, many stores offer steep discounts on candy in the days following Halloween—resist the urge to buy just because it’s on sale!