Eat Chocolate Everyday Without Gaining Weight
We’ve talked about choosing the right kind of chocolate in the last article, today we’re going to give out more great tips on weight loss strategies for chocolate lovers!
Control your portions:
#1 Plan ahead.
Limit your treats to once a day. If you want fudge brownies with dinner, pass on the birthday cake at the office. When you've had a chocolate croissant for breakfast, eat berries for dessert.
#2 Eat slowly.
Enjoy your food by sitting down and savoring every bite. Eating slower will also help you notice when you're full.
#3 Share desserts.
Many restaurants serve huge portions. Ask for one dessert and two spoons so you and your companion can share. You'll both be better off.
#4 Give away holiday chocolates.
Getting a huge assortment of chocolates for Christmas or your birthday may be too much temptation for any chocolate lover. Take them to the office or put them out for your houseguests to enjoy. Most artisan chocolates should be eaten while fresh, but some varieties may be frozen for a later date.
#5 Buy individual truffles.
Many bakeries, candy shops, and department stores sell individual pieces of candy or slices of cake. If you find it difficult to resist the lure of a whole box of cookies, take just one home.
Eating a Balanced Diet:
#1 Know your calories.
A three-and-a-half ounce chocolate bar contains about 480 calories. A single Hershey's Kiss has about 25 calories. Even though dark chocolate is healthy, you need to closely monitor the amount you eat if you're trying to lose weight. Those calories can add up fast!
#2 Replace other sweets with dark chocolate.
One easy strategy is to replace less nutritious snacks and desserts with chocolate. Two Hershey's Kisses is far less calories than a bag of almost any potato chips. And if you have a chocolate treat as part of your daily routine, you'll be more motivated to keep eating the complex carbohydrates, plant foods, and lean proteins necessary for a balanced diet.
#3 Get more exercise.
Complement your healthy eating with regular exercise. Daily aerobics is the best way to lose weight safely. Take a walk or go ride a bike. Look for opportunities to stay active throughout the day, like doing floor exercises during television commercials.
As long as you stick with dark chocolate, the treats you love can be good for your health. Practice moderation, and you can eat a little bit of chocolate every day without gaining weight.