I know that among all the readers, there are maximum readers who are great chocolate lovers, and many of them have definitely heard about chocolate being helpful in losing weight.
“Chocolate” is a very general word. There are thousands of different forms of chocolates available, such as dark, white, rum, brandy, etc. So, it becomes very important that we talk about a specific type of chocolate that is helpful for weight loss.
When you go to the market, any commercially available chocolate has a nutrition label on it. If you have ever read the nutrition label, you will know that chocolate is a mixture of carbohydrates in the form of simple sugars, fats mostly trans fats, and a very small amount of proteins. Nowadays, a few amounts of fiber and vitamins are fortified, but the proportion present is very negligible.
When we talk about chocolate helpful in losing weight, it’s true to some extent. The chocolates that really help are the organic dark chocolates that are uncooked and have a high amount of cocoa. These chocolates are very high in antioxidants. They really help to lose weight but are not readily available in the market.
So, for any of you who believe that chocolate in any way could affect weight, you are right! It does affect, but in an opposite way. Simple sugars present in chocolates help in putting on weight. As we all know, simple sugars are not recommended for any person who wants to lose weight. The next thing, the percentage of fat present in a bar of chocolate is also not suitable to lose any extra kilos/pounds.
There are many researches still going on, but none of the researches have a confirmed result. So, I would recommend opting for a healthy weight loss diet which has guaranteed results and no side effects on the body.
Chocolates are good as dessert. Eating chocolate in moderation is best. Overeating chocolates has many ill effects like high cholesterol, diabetes, etc. So, a dessert should be treated as a dessert only. Any food in excess is harmful. The key point to remember is enjoying chocolates occasionally. Don’t include chocolates in your regular diet. Dark chocolates are beneficial over normal chocolates, but that doesn’t mean it would be more nutritious to consume dark chocolate.
I know this post might be heartbreaking for many females, especially those who are chocolate lovers, but the fact remains the same. Count your daily calories before adding any desserts or sweets to your diet.
The main magic of losing weight is controlling your calories. If you are counting your calories and a piece of chocolate is accommodable in it, you are free to have that piece of chocolate. If that is the case, then I would advise adding that piece of chocolate in the first half of the day.
There are many articles that state that chocolates are beneficial for heart disease. So, that would be my next topic of discussion. Whether it really helps?
RD Neha Kava
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