Have winter indulgences been catching up with you? It may be time to start working on becoming a healthier you. If this is high on your priority list, you don’t have to deprive yourself, keep reading below:
1. Stick to your diet
We prefer to take the lifestyle change over temporary diet, but whichever route you choose to go, candy can actually help you stick to it. Here’s the deal: if you cut out all foods you enjoy, you’re more likely to feel deprived and break your healthy habits. Research shows many people find it more effective to build minor indulgences into their plan — and candy can help you do that. Three pieces of our Kerr’s Light Tangy Citrus candies are only 20 calories and they contain 0 grams of sugar, and are rich in fibre. You can get the boost of sweetness you crave without ditching your diet.
2. Treat yourself
Habit-building expert Gretchen Rubin says that when it comes to building a long-term habit, rewards don’t work. What does work? Treats. Think about it — if you’re striving towards a long-term goal, you might be planning a reward at the end, like a huge indulgent meal. But the end can feel far away, setting yourself up for slip ups along the way. If you build in small treats along the way, Rubin says it can help you stick to long-term habits even after a short-term goal is met. And we think candy is the perfect treat!
3. Amp up fibre
In addition to being low-calorie, our Kerr’s Light products are no sugar added and packed with fibre. Five pieces of our Light Fruit Smoothies candies have 25 grams of fibre! Why does that matter? Fibre can help reduce your appetite and make you feel fuller faster, which is definitely helpful when you’re trying to watch what you eat.
4. Beat cravings
Research shows that cravings beget cravings. The more chips you eat, for example, the more chips you’ll crave. Alternatively, the more kale you eat, the more you’ll crave kale. But what’s the solution if you’ve been leaning more towards the chips than the kale lately? You have to beat the craving. Candy with mint or menthol flavours, can distract you from your cravings. At eight calories a piece, Kerr’s Mintets can be a good option. In addition, peppermint is a natural appetite suppressant, so you may find yourself feeling less hungry.
We want to know — what are your tried and true tricks for sticking to your lifestyle change? Do you use candy in that plan? Tell us on social media. We’re @KerrsCandy on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Book: Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin