Having a sweet tooth is hard especially if you’re on diet. It’s hard to control your cravings over a bar of chocolate. Instead of preventing yourself to eat chocolates why not look for alternatives that are still under your diet.
Most people have experienced cravings for chocolate at some point in their lives. In fact for many people trying to lose weight chocolate is diet enemy number one, and a food with which people often have a love/hate relationship. Known to be high in fat and calories and a key contributor to weight gain when consumed too often, chocolate is often the treat we just can’t turn down.
Is chocolate addition a diet killer?
Many claim chocolate addiction is the root of their dieting problems, and indeed chocolate has been found to contain many compounds that have pleasure stimulating effects on the body. However, there are many other foods that are higher in these chemicals that are not nearly so craved as chocolate. So no excuses there. Many of us are also clinging to that earth shattering research that found that chocolate contains antioxidants and is good for the heart, as a good excuse to polish off a block or two. While this is certainly the case, along with those health promoting compounds there is also a huge amount of fat, sugars and calories and there is no doubt it can contribute to weight gain.
It would be much more beneficial to eat a tomato or some strawberries, also packed full of antioxidants and other vitamins, but low in calories and virtually fat free. It is also important to remember that while dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa solids will impart these benefits, a king size Mars bar will not have quite the same healthful properties.