Why a Little Sugar Is OK
Ferrari said it's nearly impossible to eliminate sugar altogether, and trying to swear it off completely can actually backfire, especially if you're the type of person who craves sweets (raises hand).
Instead, identify some sweets that are favorites (like ice cream!) and plan to incorporate them into your diet. For example, if you love chocolate, buy some small, individually wrapped chocolates, and have one after dinner. Or if you know it's your niece's birthday this weekend, eat healthy during the day, then enjoy a piece of cake at the party.
It's OK to eat sugary treats and processed carbs every once in a while — indulging a little can actually help you stay on track and prevent binging later. Stahl said that often a bite or two is enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. But if you cut down on the sugar, you'll definitely notice a difference in how you feel and your weight-loss progress.