Let me explain.
Here in the UK, we eat about 11 kg chocolate per person per year.
That's a huge amount, and easy to see why is this lovely dessert has gained a bad reputation. It is true that chocolate plays a huge role in obesity.
I still would encourage you do not exclude it from your diet altogether.
I have 3 really good reasons why:
1. Chocolate gives you strength
- You will break this rule, which will leave you disappointed. You may feel, that you've been weak and you have let yourself down. This can lead to giving up all your diet plans.
- You will keep your rule and as soon as you finished your weight loss program, you catch up with your chocolate consumption risking your freshly achieved weight.
None of these is desirable. So what can you do? Let yourself having some chocolate now and then, but this chocolate must be good quality real chocolate. I mean high cocoa content, pure, fine dark chocolate. And limit the amount what you can have. The recommended serving size for chocolate is 28g - what is equivalent with 4 small squares from a large bar. The best solution for this problem is buying small and/or individually wrapped chocolate bars like this:
Dark chocolate contains beneficial minerals and vitamins - like potassium, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese and iron, vitamin B2, B3 and B12. It also contains important antioxidants, that are good for you - the darker the chocolate the higher the antioxidant content. It also lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease and supports the right level of good cholesterol, it can reduce blood pressure. But this true only for the super-dark form. Sugary, filled, white and milk chocolate usually high in sugar and plays a huge role in obesity. And we also have to consider that chocolate - even the dark one - is high in fat, so we need to control our portion size and consume it in moderation.
I do not tell you that you can eat chocolate all the time, but you can have some occasionally. Forget the cheap, high sugar content chocolate bars and go for the high-quality chocolate. It is not just because this will be your luxury, but poor quality chocolates don't satisfy you, so you are prone to eat more. While eating good quality chocolate means that a small amount is enough to feel satisfied. So, forget the cheap, sugary milk or filled chocolate bars and buy less, but really good quality chocolate with high cocoa content. Choose rich, 70% (or more) cocoa content chocolate bars and have only a small amount - 1-2 squares and let it melt in your mouth slowly. This will satisfy your sweet tooth but it will not risk your weight-loss plan.