Want to have your daily fix of chocolate and still lose weight? No problem! This diet is for those who just can’t do without this delicious treat
Indulge in your favourite treat daily and still reach your goal weight
ANy one with a sweet tooth will know the dilemma well – you’re sticking to your diet with no problem at all, until that chocolate craving strikes. Before you know it you’ve devoured a whole chocolate bar (or slab!) and your healthy eating plan has gone into the bin with the wrapper.
Weight loss and chocolate are words that don’t usually go together but dietician Jeanie Nel of Cape Dieticians says chocolate-lovers can definitely include chocolate in moderation in their diet – and even lose weight at the same time.
So why the bad rep? "Generally anything that tastes sweet is considered bad for you as we know sugar is loaded with empty kilojoules (they provide energy without any nutrients) which can lead to obesity and diabetes,” Jeanie explains.
“Sugar also plays a huge role when it comes to causing inflammation in the body and it’s generally believed you should try to avoid sugar at all times.”
Jeanie says milk chocolate is considered especially bad as it’s high in saturated fat, which can raise cholesterol levels and is high in kilojoules.
Dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa is less sweet and the way to go. It’s easier to practise portion control as the flavour is intense and the higher the amount of cocoa (70-90 percent), the lower the amount of sugar.
Dark chocolate also contains antioxidants that help to protect the body against environmental toxins.
So go ahead, enjoy this diet that includes chocolate treats every day.
Dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa is the
way to go