Chocolate Diet. How to eat chocolate and lose weight?
The use of chocolate before and after eating - a new trend in weight loss - is gaining rapidly popularity. Is it too good to be true? Learn all about the chocolate diet.
Chocolate Slimming Diet
“Eat chocolate, lose weight” is the name of the book by dietician Will Clover. For those to whom this name did not seem bright enough, Clover directly promises: eat chocolate 20 minutes before and 5 minutes after breakfast and lunch, and this will reduce your appetite by 50%. Nevertheless, I recommend consuming one slice of dark chocolate only an hour or an hour and a half after eating. Since in this case, chocolate will replace a more high-calorie snack and make a full meal. But if you want to follow this advice, keep in mind that sugar and honey in its pure form must be eliminated from the diet.
Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have proven that chocolate reduces cravings for sugary, salty, and oily foods. True, this only works if you eat dark chocolate (i.e. the one that contains at least 70% cocoa). Studies also show that antioxidants found in cocoa beans, known as flavonols, help lower blood pressure and double the vascular's ability to recover. Cocoa flavonols also reduce the risk of developing diabetes. Of course, this does not mean that it is worth absorbing chocolates in large quantities, but a few simple “sweet” rules are definitely worth learning.
- The darker the better. Darker, less processed chocolate contains more flavonols, unlike other varieties. The higher the percentage of cocoa, the higher the antioxidant level and the lower the number of calories, due to the fact that sugar and milk are added to such varieties less. But lovers of white chocolate should take note that it does not contain any flavonols and is only a treat.
- Choose the right candy. Of course, in high school sweets there is a lot of sugar. If you can not deny yourself this pleasure, go to sweets containing fruits or nuts. These bars not only contain flavonols, but are also rich in iron and healthy fiber, and some contain 5 or more grams of fiber per serving (approximately one fifth of the recommended daily intake).
- Still, control the portion size! Regardless of which chocolate you prefer, it is worth controlling its daily intake, in terms of calories. In fact, in order to saturate the body with antioxidants, you need a very small amount of chocolate - from 20 to 40 grams per day (from about 150 to 250 calories). If you want to lose weight, do not exceed eat no more than 20 g per day.
- Add salt. Can't live without chocolate? Do not forget that dark chocolate feels great as an ingredient not only in desserts, but also in salty dishes. For example, some Mexican dishes (such as Mol sauce) are prepared with spices, chili and chocolate. Dark chocolate is also added to many vegetarian dishes, including eggplant stew and hummus. Great idea for a chocolate diet menu!
- Live stress free. Swiss scientists have found that dark chocolate reduces the metabolic effects of stress. If you are in a state of extreme stress, daily intake of 40 grams of dark chocolate for two weeks will bring stress hormones back to normal.
4 recipes for a chocolate day
Do you think that 20 grams of chocolate is too small to truly enjoy the taste of our favorite treats? This is not true!
- Chocolate Smoothie. Make a smoothie with 100 ml of kefir or natural yogurt and 100 ml of fruits or berries (fresh or frozen). Add 20 grams of fine chocolate grated.
- Chocolate coffee. If you prefer to drink coffee, make a drink as you like, and then sprinkle with a crumb of dark chocolate.
- Muesli with chocolate. Brew muesli, as indicated on the package, sprinkle with grated chocolate.
- Chocolate fondue. You will need 100 g of any fresh berries and 20 g of chocolate. Melt the chocolate in a water bath and eat, dip the berries in it.
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