Make dessert count
“You don’t need to give up your favorite foods, but you should make treats worthwhile,” says Abbey Sharp, a registered dietitian in Toronto. That means skipping the packaged diet cookies, which are as low in flavur as they are in calories, and having a real treat instead. Bake your own banana nut muffins, for example – and have one. Or, if you love chocolate, try this trick: Melt 1 ounce high-quality dark chocolate (70 percent or higher) and drizzle over 3 cups of air-popped popcorn. “Chocolate-covered popcorn is more filling than the few squares of chocolate are, so it feels more satisfying,” she says. Bonus: The popcorn provides an extra three grams of fibre and only adds another 100 calories to your snack.