Dark chocolate can absolutely help you lose weight. Don’t believe us? Read on...
Indulging is synonymous with the holidays. Right up there with presents and family is cake, cookies and a constant stream of goodies. With these temptations can also bring as much as 10 extra pounds for you to work off post-New Years. But did you know that one of your favorite foods, dark chocolate, can help you lose the holiday pounds? Here are a few ways, tips, and tricks to help you use dark chocolate for a bright and healthy 2018!
- It’s all about the healthy fats.
The buzzword “healthy fats” is everywhere lately. But what does it actually mean? According to Eat This Not That!, our bodies need good fats. That, and that also the right types of fat can increase satiety, help to maximize your metabolism and protect against heart disease. Did you read that correctly? Healthy fats help your metabolism! And dark chocolate is a great source of healthy fats — they slow the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream and help to prevent those dreaded sugar spikes. So out late one evening shopping? Forgo the food court and instead savor a few squares of 72 percent (or higher) dark chocolate.
- The key is to curb the craving.
Remember back in the 90s when the whole low-fat/no-fat came on the scene? Cough, cough, Snackwells. People flocked to fat-free foods, devouring boxes of cookies (thinking they could) and then packed on the pounds. But why? Well, not all calories are created equal. And just because something is only 50 calories and fat-free, doesn’t mean you should eat a whole box! You also aren’t going to feel satisfied. Why? There’s no fat!
Cue the entrance of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is a powerhouse of flavor, and a little goes a long way. That means after eating 50 calories of dark chocolate, you’ll most likely feel satisfied. Dark chocolate also helps to diminish cravings for sweet, salty and fatty foods. So before you head out to your next cocktail party, break open a bar of your favorite dark chocolate and actually enjoy doing your hair for once!
- Think quality over quantity.
We touched on this briefly above, but it’s worth mentioning again. The higher the quality of food you eat, the more satisfied your tastebuds will be. Ultimately then, your body and brain will feel it needs less of it.
We know, we know. You’re saying we’re crazing and that you could easily consume a whole bar of chocolate in one sitting. Yeah, we could too. But what kind of chocolate allows you to do that?
Candy bars and more mass produced ‘gourmet’ chocolate.
A Hershey’s bar, or even Lindt, has flavor, but it’s mostly sweetness or a hint of bitter.
Honestly, that’s why a lot of Americans don’t like dark chocolate --because they’ve never had great dark chocolate. But that’s another blog post entirely. Quality, bean-to-bar dark chocolate (made with care in small batches) has a multitude of flavors. For example, customers usually rave about how our bar from Ecuador tastes like a rich brownie! That's is what good dark chocolate can do to your taste buds! And the more your taste buds are stimulated, the more your stomach (thanks, brain) will be tricked into thinking they’ve had enough.
But down take my word for it. Go ahead an try it yourself. Break open a grocery store-quality bar and a small batch bar and see what we mean.
- Diminishes the weight gain caused by stress.
You’ve probably heard it before, but things such as lack of sleep and stress can wreak havoc on your waistline. The holidays, for many of us, ups our stress levels considerably. Research has shown that dark chocolate helps reduce the effects of stress on your metabolism. So headed to your family for dinner? Don’t, we repeat, leave home without the dark chocolate.
- Increases your sex drive!
Yup, you heard that right. Burn calories while getting the nookie! It’s true. Dark chocolate is an aphrodisiac. So leverage that cacao by putting you in the mood. It’s going to burn a ton of calories, but hey, it’s the holidays and every little bit helps.
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