You may be surprised to hear that eating chocolate is a great way to ensure an effective weight loss diet plan. Research conducted by YouGov has concluded that those who eliminate chocolate completely from their diet tend to put weight on rather than lose weight. Why? Usually as a result of compensating for missing out on this tasty treat by eating more of other types of foods.
The survey which was carried out discovered that 86% people who actually continued to eat chocolate were successful at losing weight.
I regularly write articles about eating a sensible realistic lifestyle diet or what I prefer to call a ‘eating plan’. This is because in order to lose weight and keep it off the eating plan needs to be a lifestyle approach to help stop the ‘yoyo’ diet effect.
Nutrition Scientist, Janet Aylott, commissioned the YouGov survey. The extensive research surrounding the survey found that “diet centred around food elimination are much more likely to fail”.
MEN – there is even more good news!
Eating chocolate may actually help you to live longer. This information comes from a Harvard University team which conducted a study over 65 years. It included 8000 men who ate chocolate up to three times per month. It found that these men lived almost a year longer as opposed to those who did not.
This research team concluded Cocoa contains antioxidants called polyphenols. This antioxidant is also found in red wine. Polyphenol helps prevent the oxidation of harmful cholesterol.
So go ahead and enjoy eating chocolate. It not only may help prolong your life but will help you achieve your weight loses goals for life!
Dust off the chocolate cookbooks, involve the kids and start making some tasty chocolate treats at home. This is a great way to teach children about sensible eating habits. There is a tonne of learning opportunities in cooking with children also. Gathering all the ingredients necessary to make it, measuring instruments such as jugs and measuring spoons etc.
Take the opportunity to talk to children. I often get great conversation out of kids when they are pre-occupied with something they love. Cooking is a great way to spend time with them and strengthen the parent bonds.
This delightful treat is still calorie dense but is super healthy so keep serving sizes small and use as a mid-afternoon tasty treat to see you through to dinner. This great news is that the fudge is lower in calories and sugar than your typical fudge bought in a store.