“All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!” Lucy Van Pelt
I eat chocolate. I eat a lot of chocolate. In fact, all of the trainers at FitMania eat chocolate. Chocolate is like a mascot around here and I actually encourage our clients to eat chocolate, when they want to lose weight. Now not just any chocolate will do. Eat high quality chocolate with a cacao content of 70% or more. The darker the chocolate the better. My favorite is Green & Black’s 85%. If you are not up for 70% start as dark as you can and work up to it.
Here are a few reasons chocolate can help with weight loss and weight stabilization:
- It curbs your appetite. Try a little in the late afternoon and see if you do not eat less the rest of the day.
- It satisfies cravings. Have a piece of two when you are having a food craving and the cravings disappear.
- It can satisfy a sweet tooth. Have some right after a meal and you will not be tempted by dessert. Make sure you take a little when you go out to lunch or dinner with friends.
It is also a health food. Check out these health benefits of chocolate:
- Lowers blood pressure:
- Reduces inflammation
- Improves cholesterol
- Improves skin
- Boosts memory
- Reduces chronic fatigue
- Mood enhancer
And last but not least –
- Better sex
“Chemically speaking, chocolate really is the world’s perfect food.” Michael Levine
By Sherry Stirling Fernandez