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How to Eat Chocolate to Lose Weight

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author image Kay Ireland
Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.
How to Eat Chocolate to Lose Weight
A woman enjoys a single piece of dark chocolate. Photo Credit schaffert/iStock/Getty Images

A chocolate diet sounds too good to be true to most seasoned dieters. While there is no one, true chocolate diet, there are ways to lose weight while still eating your favorite chocolate treats. Remembering to always enjoy chocolate in moderation, and choosing the right kind of chocolate, can help you lose weight without feeling deprived. Add the benefits that chocolate can have on your mood, and a diet that allows you to eat chocolate may be the perfect fit for you.

Step 1

Give yourself a daily allotment of chocolate. Giving yourself boundaries can help you lose weight. Most individuals will need to eat between 1,200 and 1,400 calories per day to lose weight, so decide how many of those calories will be chocolate.

Step 2

Choose dark chocolate over milk chocolate. Not only is milk chocolate higher in calories than dark chocolate, but a recent article published in Science Daily noted that dark chocolate is also more filling than milk chocolate, so you can eat less while still being satisfied. Also, dark chocolate has been known to have appetite-suppressing properties, making it ideal for dieters.

Step 3

Supplement your diet with healthy foods so that you have the calories to spare for chocolate. Go for fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. Enjoying a healthy variety of foods besides chocolate can keep your calorie count low and your nutrient count high.

Step 4

Swap out your usual morning coffee for a cup of low-fat hot cocoa. It won't make you feel jittery like coffee will, and you'll be able to get a quick chocolate fix first thing in the morning. Other diet gurus from ExtremeChocolate.com suggest sprinkling a spoonful of pure cocoa powder into water in order to reap the benefits of cocoa for antioxidants and appetite suppressants.

Step 5

Remember that a chocolate diet has only as much power as you allow it to have. Enjoying chocolate in moderation while you cut calories elsewhere will work for you. Gorging on chocolate will not lead to weight loss.

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