Ice Cream - the treat that is not such a treat for weight loss

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I must admit, I simply love ice cream. On a hot summer day, and we have many of those here in Arizona, nothing hits the spot like an ice cream on a cone. Even on not so hot days, I love to savor the sweet, creamy taste of ice cream. Unfortunately, when it comes to weight loss, this delicious treat does not stack so well. A typical scoop of ice cream contains on average 300 calories and premium brands have even more. Most of these calories are either refined sugar, or worse, high fructose corn syrup, or saturated fats, which is why ice cream tastes so great. The refined sugar is easily converted to body fat, and causes insulin spikes, which encourages the body to store even more fat. The saturated fats also can lead to more weight gain and possibly raise blood cholesterol levels. As sweet an indulgence ice cream is, eating too much will work against your battle against your fat. It is a treat that should only be savored once in a while.