Posted by: Dr. Tyrone A. Holmes | August 22, 2012

Lose Weight WITHOUT Dieting: Tip #75 – Swap Milkshakes for Ice Cream Cones

You’re probably asking yourself, “Can I eat ice cream cones and lose weight too?”  The answer is yes.  You can have your ice cream cone and lose weight, especially if that cone replaces a milkshake.  The reason is simple.  If you are going to eat ice cream, I recommend you avoid milkshakes at all costs.  They are an absolute dietary disaster.  Let’s take a look at the calories, fat and sugar in some popular shakes:

  • McDonald’s Small Vanilla McCafe Shake – 530 calories/17 grams of fat (11 saturated)/63 grams of sugar
  • Burger King Small Vanilla Hand Spun Shake – 550 calories/16 grams of fat (12 saturated)/81 grams of sugar
  • Dairy Queen Small Vanilla Shake – 520 calories/19 grams of fat (14 saturated)/63 grams of sugar
  • Chick-Fil-A Small Vanilla Shake – 500 calories/21 grams of fat (13 saturated)/66 grams of sugar
  • Friendly’s Vanilla Fribble Shake – 640 calories/20 grams of fat (12 saturated)/88 grams of sugar

Keep in mind that these are small vanilla shakes (with the exception of Friendly’s Fribble Shake, which is a standard size).  They are relatively innocuous when it comes to the fat and calories in a milkshake.  Try a large Dairy Queen Peanut Butter Shake and we’re talking 1,230 calories with 71 grams of fat (26 saturated) and 88 grams of sugar!

Now consider the calories, fat and sugar in an ice cream cone.  A small vanilla cone from Dairy Queen amounts to 230 calories with 7 grams of fat (4.5 saturated) and 26 grams of sugar.  Less than half of what you would find in any of the small vanilla milkshakes.  If you replaced two DQ vanilla milkshakes each week with two vanilla cones you would save 580 calories per week or 30,160 calories per year.  That amounts to an 8.5 lb weight loss.  And you still get to eat ice cream twice a week!

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