Hey all the choco lovers! I’m just staying to get my diet in check As over started to gain weight but I LOVE CHOCOLATE and just finding it hard to stop giving in to my temptations... Any ideas on how to help?
addicted to chocolate : Hey all the choco... - Weight Loss NHS
Hello and a very warm welcome to the Weight Loss Forum Nutella55
There are generally two different approaches to this dilemma, and we are all different so it depends upon how it works for you. Some people find if they give up all sugar completely (including processed carbohydrates) and increase the natural fat in their diet then the sweet cravings reduce. Or others find the denial leads to worsening cravings so have learn a new habit of just eating a small amount, dark plain chocolate is useful for this.
If you haven’t already then please read the Welcome Message (in your inbox) and follow the link to Pinned Posts. In case you missed it here’s the link again here healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh... Please read it carefully so you can find all the information you need to find your way around the forum.
As a peer to peer support group we rely totally upon mutual encouragement. Nothing beats joining in, reading posts and replying to others. Our Group Weigh-in and the Daily Diary are probably the best places to start
Best wishes in your weight loss journey
If I get a chocolate craving I make myself a nice cup of hot cocoa, I make mine with hot milk. It gives me that chocolate and sugar fix.
It's nicer than those artificial, 'Options' drinks.
A two finger kit kat bar is a good low calorie chocolate bar.
I sometimes buy a small bag of chocolate buttons and suck the buttons slowly so the chocolate taste lasts longer in my mouth.
Failing that, buy some chocolate flavoured cream cheese. Yes really. It might just put you off either chocolate or cream cheese ! I've seen tubs of Philadelphia cream cheese blended with, 'Milka' brand chocolate. I like both, but separately.
I don't think you understand what a beast it is. Order it now. You will not overindulge. I bought it some weeks before lockdown, and I still have half left! I just took a bite of it**, it's very bitter on the tongue but - 36+ hours fasted - it suffused me in a warm glow. The glow and the bitterness are staying with me. I probably won't have any more for a week or two.
My original intention was to make a ganache I could control ever element of, but I am enjoying it's brutal chocolate nature. I think I will nibble away on it over the next few months.
**it's too hard to break piece off; teeth or knife are required.
All carbohydrate is sugar to our body. What matters is how many micronutrients and fibre they provide, how slowly they are digested to glucose, how much fructose they contain, and how much we have.
So, those people that think they are being virtuous by having wholegrains may want to re-think when they realise how little micronutrients they provide. That's why flours have to be fortified, adding vitamins they wouldn't otherwise have.
The same applies to chocolate of course, which doesn't provide a lot of vitamins either. That said, chocolate typically is quite a slow release energy, partly because table sugar is actually a moderate release energy (less than 2/3 the rate of pure glucose), and partly because fat slows down the rate of digestion even further. The high cocoa content ones are even slower.
The downside is fructose. Even from fruit, our body has no use for this sugar in its natural form, and shuttles it straight to the liver to change it into something we can use. Dr. Lustig relates that it has many similarities to alcohol, and is the primary contributor to NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease). We should consider it a toxin and aim for less than an ounce a day according to the 'Perfect Health Diet'.
Since sucrose (table sugar) is half fructose, half glucose, that means less than 2 ounces per day.
I hope this helps you make an informed decision.
God bless you!
Hi Nutella chocolate is my downfall too. I just can’t resist it especially when bored or stressed. Just about all the time currently! I have a small stash of 70% cocoa choc which hits the spot but also find that chocolate crispies are good as they just seem to last a bit longer. If you keep them in the fridge and just take small bites it helps. However I am also baking and have choc caramel slices in the freezer so do indulge in them. Not such a temptation frozen because they sing “eat me” if I keep them in the fridge. Hope that helps as if you are anything like me I can’t live without chocolate. Good luck 😉
Depends on what type of chocolate your eating. If you can easily buy it in any shop for cheap prices. What your getting is sugar and fat with a bit of chocolate on the side. Good chocolate is worth spending a bit of extra money. I eat less chocolate now because I changed the type of chocolate, I don't feel like I'm missing out and I don't have the cravings I once had.
This is so true. I am sure I could power through a lot of Heroes or Celebrations in a sitting and I don't think I have ever bought a twix or bounty bar and put the second half away for later, but a good quality chocolate from a chocolatier (eg brought back from Brussels) or a truffle I made myself (see below) then it is not hard to limit myself to one a day. Indeed that is all I want.
I'm only going to echo what others have said - I usually have a mug of this at the end of the day healthpharm.co.uk/products/... (gently melted in a pan and mixed with date syrup, and then really slowly add the milk so it comes out smooth and not grainy). Or one or two bars of Aldi's MoserRoth dark salted chocolate throughout the day.
If I eat milk chocolate or anything else with less cocoa content, I end up eating loads in one go - Boosts, Reeses Pieces, Oreo eggs, Malteser Bars, Happy Hippos.
If you don't like dark chocolate try the salted one from Aldi after a meal. It's worth a try to see how you go. Also, try Urge Surfing healthunlocked.com/nhsweigh... when you're in the supermarket before you put it in your basket. If you find you've been overwhelmed or confused by different advice and methods to try, choose the one you think will work best for you and go with that one.
Hope to see over the next few months that this pattern is starting to change for you
All the best
Hi Nutella55 (great name btw!)
I’d got into the habit of having 2 squares of dark chocolate every evening as a reward for eating healthily all day (doh 🙄).
So a few weeks ago I decided to knock that on the head as I was nearing my 52 week ‘deadline’ (not really a deadline, but you know what I mean). I’ve realised it’s not necessarily chocolate I crave, but foodstuffs that are vaguely sweet and brown!!
So I’ve started having half a small glass of Alpro cacao oat milk (6.2g carbs per 100 mils) when I get that craving. It works for me.
As a treat, I make Deliciously Ella energy balls that are mejdool dates, almonds, almond butter, coconut oil and cacao whizzed up in the blender. V sweet and v brown ☺️
Yes, me too. They are lush. I only eat such things if I’ve done the exercise
The thing that got me to stop me eating choc almost entirely is to store it in a box upstairs. If I want a piece I have to go and get it I did it to stop My husband keep pinching it I only eat a square every so often but he eats it all 🤨. So I hid it. I’ve still got nearly all the bar left
Out of sight, out of mind 🙂
I used to eats lots of things to excess but you can break the bad habits If you really want to. Eating sugary things can be weaned off quickly, and that includes choc
Yes, I totally agree with you.
So many of my former (poor) eating habits were linked to a stubborn mindset on my part - not eat spuds? or pasta? or bread/toast? Never!!!
But gradually Ive shifted away totally from having carbs whereas before all my meals would have carbs. I've 'trained' myself the past year to the point where they never feature in my meal plans now. I'm not saying I'll never ever eat them again, but as I near my goal weight, I want to get there first before I consider reintroducing carbs occasionally.
Well done to you for hiding the chocolate and only having it if you really want it. 🌞
I find that good quality unsweetened raw cacao helps me. (Cacao not cocoa). For breakfast, I make several types of plant based smoothies with it and use it to make hot chocolate. Just google for recipes. It is low in everything bad (no sugar, low low fat, low carb) and has health benefits. Gives me something to look forward to and satisfies the chocolate addict in me. Can be bought in some supermarkets but I buy mine in a health food store. Good luck and let us know how you are doing.
I find if I have a small amount of 70% dark chocolate in the morning and the afternoon I manage to stick to that. However the minute I allow myself any additional chocolate I completely lose my will power! I also can satisfy my cravings with an organic hot cocoa drink. I have no sugar in it, mix with a bit of milk and make up with hot water. It hits the spot without the sugar!
Agree with Subtle Badger--you want to find out whether it is chocolate or sugar you are addicted to? Eat unsweetened, or 96% dark. A twix bar is just sugar. So is nutella.
Here's what I do: I mix a heaping tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder into my coffee (you could melt in a square of unsweetened chocolate too.) I add plenty of cream, and a touch of monkfruit sweetener. It's very chocolate-craving-satisfying!
I eat low carb/keto, so I use full cream and don't limit myself---sometimes I have it four times a day...decaf at night. But if you were counting calories you could stick to the cocoa powder and use almond milk or something--you could still get away with a lot!
Here's another trick...ONLY if you are doing keto/low carb
You can make your own fudge sauce with unsweetened chocolate and heavy cream. Heat about a cup of heavy cream until almost boiling. Add about 1/3 cup well-chopped chocolate (This depends on how thick you like it.) TAKE OFF THE HEAT.
Again, sprinkle in monkfruit sweetener (or splenda, or stevia...just don't add too much) to your taste, and stir stir stir until it comes together. Store in the fridge.
You can do this with Lily's sugar free chocolate chips, too--don't add sweetener!
But here's the best trick: take a big spoon of natural (unsweetened) peanut butter and a spoon of your fudge sauce and put them in your mouth together. Do it again.
I know, this sounds pretty naughty, even if it is on the diet. I can't believe I just put it in writing. :o)
I did something like that.
What you are describing is a ganache, and if you roll it into balls it becomes truffles, and doesn't feel so - um - disordered as digging a spoon into a pot of chocolate in the fridge.
Everyone has given some great alternative, but if you want chocolate, you want the real stuff and not some other option. It’s all about portion control! You mentioned you love galaxy bars. An individual galaxy bar is around 240 kcals which you can fit into your daily allowance - if you track and log the calories you can include a few treats here and there and still make progress!
HOW TO KEEP EATING WHAT YOU LOVE AND STILL LOSE WEIGHT?
I heard this question a lot so I decided to give my opinion on that…
First of all, if you want to lose weight
you have to understand that the body needs
to be in calorie deficit everyday
for at least few months.
I talked about that a lot of times in this facebook page:
But that doesn't mean you mustn't eat more chocolate, hamburgers, pizza, sushi or anything you like to eat. 🍔🍕🍣
On the contrary, the goal of a diet is to succeed in sustaining it long-term, in order to see significant results.
So from time to time, incorporate some foods you really like in your nutrition plan
even if they aren't considered "healthy" (of course, depending on your daily calorie intake and don't forget to make sure you're still on a calorie deficit at the end of the day).
This will help you keep on a long-term diet.
In addition, don't be afraid to try eat new healthy foods or healthy foods you didn't like in the past.
You will be pleasantly surprised
and you can add these foods to your menu and create a variety of foods in your nutrition plan.
Eat balanced portions from everything. ⚖
This is the key for a proper
and healthy nutrition! 🔑
If you apply what is written above,
You will create healthier eating habits for yourself in the most easiest
and funniest way 😀
You will also feel much better overall, more alert and with more energy during the day. 😄
And most importantly, you will move towards to healthy body goal.
And one last thing.
You are probably agreeing with me that you should apply what I wrote here for you 😉
And I have something especially for you just because you read until here.
This is the first step in order to achieve healthier body.
Click here now for all the details>>
🏆 GOOD LUCK! 🏆