Have you found yourself surrendering to your sweet tooth at the cost of shedding pounds? From caramel apples to chocolate cake, danger lurks in the sugary content of popular sweet treats. And since a candy bar can devastate your caloric goals, the best option is to eliminate your fudgy foe and break free from the shackles of sugar! When you’re craving bon-bons, here are some tips to help you say bon voyage to food no-nos.

Treat Yourself Better: We often think of sweet treats as rewards, but treating yourself is about more than gobbling cobbler. Instead of rewarding yourself with food when you reach a goal, consider having a spa day, buying a pair of new shoes, or taking the time to sit in the park and read a good book.

Fake It Less: Yes, artificial sweeteners count. Despite being low to no calories, artificial sweeteners still humor your sweet sensibilities and can cause you to crave more sugar.

Police Your Cart: If you’re your biggest adversary, it’s time for a little good cop, bad cop at the checkout counter. Keep the sweets out of your cart and toss in fruit instead. Then when you have a craving for something sweet, you’ll have an apple at your disposal instead of an apple pie.

Just Say No: It’s not rude or impolite to pass on the cupcakes, donuts, or fudge a co-worker brings to the office. Say no thank you and move on.

Chew on This: Gum reduces hunger and keeps your mouth preoccupied at one hundredth of the calorie-cost of a cupcake!

Make Yourself Scarce: Often we only give into our cravings when we’re face-to-face with them. When at a birthday party or wedding, duck out when they cut the cake.

Go Dark: If you just have to have something sweet, choose dark chocolate. Studies show that eating a small amount of dark chocolate two or three times weekly can help lower your blood pressure, among other benefits. Medi-Weightloss Clinics® Chocolate Sensations, available in Dark Chocolate or Raspberry Dark Chocolate, feature a proprietary formula designed to support fat burning and suppress appetite. And they’re just 39 calories per piece and 3g of fat. Purchase Chocolate Sensations at a Medi-Weightloss Clinics® near you.

Go Cold Turkey: Completely eliminating sweets from your diet can be difficult, but it has been shown to be quite effective. When you don’t feed your cookie craving, it simply crumbles away.