If you are someone who thinks that death by chocolate sounds quite appealing, or if you cannot imagine life without another morsel of chocolate passing your lips then losing weight can be quite a challenge. As Easter is fast approaching, I thought I would share with you how to “have your chocolate and eat it… even if you are losing weight”.
Studies show that chocolate is the single most craved food, particularly by women, and it’s easy to understand why. (I love chocolate too!) So often the thought of “oh I’ll just have one chocolate” quickly leads to several yummy little squares of delight passing our lips and being swallowed. Indeed, the average person consumes about 12 pounds of chocolate in one year. Sadly, we all know that satisfying our chocolate cravings too regularly can pile on the pounds and make looking in the mirror a not so pleasant experience.
People that love chocolate can quite readily come up with all the reasons why chocolate is so good for you…… there are reputed health benefits, such as chocolate contains chemicals which may help lower the risk of heart disease, and as many of us know only too well a bar of chocolate can rapidly increase our feelings of happiness and can make us feel rewarded and comforted. (Alas, these positive feelings can be rapidly replaced with more negative feelings once the chocolate has been digested, especially if you are trying to diet.)
However, the interesting thing is that you can have chocolate and still lose weight…provided you do it in moderation and take control. Losing weight doesn’t have to be about deprivation or about never eating certain foods. Actually, for most of us if we say “I’m not eating chocolate” what happens is that we think about it all the time and want chocolate even more. You don’t have to give up your favourite food- but you do have to think about how to get your chocolate fix and balance this with healthy eating. With a little bit of know how and some control, you can have both and still lose weight.
Firstly, If you want a bit of chocolate on a regular basis, then it’s best to keep your snack to less than 150 calories. Common sense should prevail also, so if you know that you cannot resist the temptation then don’t bring a family size bar of chocolate or a huge box of chocolates into the house. Remember a little of what you fancy is fine as long as it does not become out of control. Coming up to Easter, I will share with you 5 tricks for getting your chocolate fix and still be able to lose weight.