Chocolate holds such a special place in their hearts of most of girls that a lot of men can’t seem to understand it!
Although the antioxidant properties of chocolate often get media attention, unfortunately eating too much of it can easily lead to weight gain and sabotage your health and fitness goals.
So what’s a girl to do?
Swearing off chocolate for the rest of your life is probably not the answer.
There are a few options for getting a chocolate fix while keeping your eating in balance. One way to get a fix is to skip the chocolate for a healthier food that’s still chocolate-flavoured. A small hot chocolate on skim milk, a small chocolate protein shake, or half a chocolate protein bar might do the trick.
The portion size is key here – keeping the portions small mean that you can enjoy the chocolate taste for fewer calories than you would have in a chocolate bar (or in half a block!).
If only actual chocolate will satisfy your tastebuds, another strategy to switch to dark chocolate. Dark chocolate contains more of the healthy flavonoids that have an antioxidant action in our bodies, combating the free radicals that can cause cellular damage. But this is not even the main benefit of dark chocolate for maintaining a healthy weight – the best part is that you get twice as much chocolate flavour with much less sugar, and it’s the sugar rush that causes some people to crave more chocolate than they need and to have difficulty stopping at one piece.
When it comes to chocolate, true satisfaction comes from quality, not quantity. Now that you have your small piece of good quality dark chocolate, think about how much pleasure you want to extract from it. If you pop it in your mouth and immediately chew it up, it will be gone in 5 seconds.
Why not see just how long you can make it last! You could get the same number of calories for several minutes of pleasure. One of the most important things to do when including chocolate in your diet without overdoing it is to plan it.
Choose which days you’re going to eat chocolate, so that you can fit it into your food for the day without going overboard or feeling guilty. Enjoy!