So what can you do to keep Halloween candy from derailing your goals? Try these tips.
Know What Happens When You Overindulge
First, some good news. If you do end up eating an entire bag of M&M’s or Snickers on Halloween or the day after, it most likely won’t cause long-term damage to your body or significantly derail your wellness or fitness goals. Phew.
What will happen is your blood sugar will spike and your pancreas will rush into the rescue, producing extra insulin. You might feel a little unwell while this is happening and you’ll most likely experience a crash once your blood sugar levels drop to normal. If you limit your candy binges to Halloween, going overboard with the sweets won’t cause long-lasting damage.
When you eat too much candy, you’ll probably take in more calories than your body can use. When that happens, the body ends up storing those calories for later. If you keep up the habit of eating a lot of candy or even just eating more calories than your body uses, you’ll gain weight. Keeping the candy you eat to a minimum will definitely help you avoid packing on the pounds.
Wait Until the Last Minute
One way to avoid Halloween-candy-related temptation is to wait until the last minute to buy any sweets for trick-or-treaters. Head out to the store on the morning of Halloween and stock up. You might even be able to take advantage of sales, as retailers are getting ready to move the Halloween items off of their shelves.
Another way to avoid candy temptation is to pick varieties you don’t like. You’ll be less likely to snack on sweets between trick or treaters when you buy the type that you never eat.
Get the Candy Out of Your House
Halloween is over but you still have a few bags of candy left, or your children brought home sacks of treats. Let yourself and your kids enjoy a bit of candy for a few days, such as one or two pieces per day, then get the rest of it out of the house. You don’t have to throw the candy out. There are plenty of organizations that will gladly take unwanted candy and give it to people in need. For example, some programs collect leftover Halloween candy and give it to soldiers serving overseas.
Bump Up Your Physical Activity
One way to make up for the extra calories you’re consuming with all that Halloween candy is to bump up your physical activity. Read the nutritional labels on the back of the candy bags to see how many calories are in each piece. Then, find exercises that burn that same amount of calories. For example, if you jump rope for 10 minutes, you’ll burn off the 87 calories that are in one Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.
Comparing the calories burned by physical activities to the calories in your treats can help you decide if indulging in that Halloween candy is worth it.
Some more good news: unless you really go to town when it comes to eating Halloween candy, you aren’t likely to gain a lot of fat or extra inches.
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