Well actually, yes you can! Let us share with you some of facts to help you on the road to permanent weight loss. With over 15,000 hours of 1:1 clinical treatment time working with overweight people, you will be in very good hands. So, firstly, chocolate, in particular the dark variety, can have a positive effect on insulin sensitivity. In contrast, insulin resistance is a major contributor to diabetes, which is often a factor in obesity.
may positively affect mental health and mood. For anyone trying to lose weight, or making dietary change, this is very beneficial. To lose weight successfully you must be in your best possible state of mind, with a positive outlook.
those who consumed higher amounts of dark chocolate had 57% lower odds of experiencing depressive symptoms than those who did not.
Does that study mean that you can lose weight eating chocolate? Or does it mean that eating chocolate as a part of a healthy diet promotes weight loss? Most chocoholics are already jumping up and down reading this.
with an insanely satisfying, mouthful of chocolate. Go ahead – nibble on a chunk of dark chocolate! Weight loss experts agree that you can lose weight eating chocolate. At the bottom of this article we have listed 5 reasons why you should eat more chocolate.
who are watching their weight. But before you stock up on your favourite chocolate bar, let us share a few facts you need to be aware of. The first thing you really need to accept is that Milk Chocolate is very Different to Dark Chocolate.
besides the milk, is how much cocoa solids they contain. Dark chocolate typically contains 50 to 90% cocoa solids, while milk chocolate has as little as 10%. Cocoa solids are the healthiest part! If you want to sink your teeth into the healthiest chocolate, go for cocoa powder. Or alternatively, select dark chocolate with at least 85% cocoa. Of course, dark chocolate also contains considerably less sugar than milk chocolate!
around what has been termed What’s it all about? Well, basically it starts with you selecting and eating your chocolate Four research studies seem to agree that it could form a new approach to weight loss.
, healthier choices for our main course, if we’ve had a dessert first. Apparently, when you have a treat before your meal, psychologically you tend to make healthier food choices. The article writer suggested that if you have to choose between dinner and dessert, choose and eat dessert first. You can always have dinner later, or not if you’re not hungry. By the way, did you know that desserts is stressed when spelled backwards?
around the issues of chocolate and reverse eating. Our findings seemed to back up the previous research. Firstly, just deciding on and ordering your chocolate dessert ahead of ordering your main course, made a considerable difference to a person’s food choices. It seems that just thinking about the pleasures that would be delivered to your brain later affected your choices.
came from a group of people we took out to lunch eight times over a four-week period. We never explained exactly what we were doing; it was kept very informal. They were given a two-course menu to choose from. During the first two weeks, we invited them to order their dessert after finishing their main course. We monitored and recorded what they ordered and ate, and photographed any food left on their plates afterwards.
to the same restaurant four times. Then we surprised them. We asked them to order and eat their dessert, (heavy and chocolatey), ahead of ordering and eating their main courses. The results were staggering! The calorie density of their main courses was sometimes around 40% less than the previous two weeks. Also, something we hadn’t considered, They reported that
and probably has done since childhood. It is eaten and enjoyed by tens of millions of people every day. Why? It’s uniquely rich, combined with a sweet taste. In recent years we have even tweaked it further to make it hyper addictive, by adding salt. It’s believed that chocolate has a beneficial effect on ageing and cognitive decline.
reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels, also known as “bad cholesterol.”and helping to reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems. One study, published in The Journal of Nutrition, suggests that chocolate consumption might help
, think about the Willy Wonker Chocolate factory. Cognitive function Scientists at Harvard Medical School have suggested that drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day could help keep the brain healthy and reduce memory decline in older people.
one-third. Based on their observations, the authors concluded that higher levels of chocolate consumption could be linked to a lower risk of cardiometabolic disorders.Research published in The BMJ, suggests that consuming dark chocolate could help lower the risk of developing heart disease by
Eating about 25g of chocolate every day during pregnancy might benefit foetal growth and development, according to a study presented at the 2016 Pregnancy Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Atlanta, GA.
boost oxygen availability during fitness training.while using less oxygen. Findings published in The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition suggest that dark chocolate might
1. The buffet experiment: eat, or select backwards to lose weight.
Research undertaken at the Elite clinic. Over two nights, two separate groups of people were invited to a social event. The same buffet was provided each evening. However, on the second evening, the order/layout of the food was dramatically changed. The sweet, dessert items were the first thing the participants had to select. The overall calorie reduction was deemed to be around 25%.
2. Dark and milk chocolate are different beasts.
ANSWER: Not all chocolate is the same. Milk chocolate contains a high level of sugar, it has been blamed for increasing acne, obesity and causing high blood pressure. Conversely, dark chocolate benefits from positive press.
Journal of Medicine
The Journal of Medicine authors point to the discovery that cocoa, the key ingredient in chocolate, contains biologically active phenolic compounds. This has changed people’s views on chocolate, and it has stimulated research into how it might impact ageing, and conditions such as oxidative stress, blood pressure regulation, and atherosclerosis.
Chocolate’s antioxidant potential may have a range of health benefits. The higher the cocoa content, as in dark chocolate, the more benefits there are. Dark chocolate also contains less fat and sugar.
3. Chocolate helps us celebrate and relax.
From The Telegraph Newspaper…
In times of stress, sadness, celebration, happiness, boredom, Friday night, any night… many of us turn to chocolate to put a smile on our faces. But chocolate isn’t just delicious, it can also be good for your heart health. That’s according to a new study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. The scientists involved followed up the results of six previous studies, across 330,000 participants, and found that those who ate dark chocolate more than once a week were 8pc less likely to suffer from coronary artery disease, a condition which causes heart attacks.
4. Chocolate tastes amazing, and it’s good for you.
Flavanols in Chocolate
Chocolate is especially rich in flavanols like epicatechin and catechin, as well as anthocyanins and phenolic acids. All of these compounds help protect your cells from inflammation, improve your brain function, and boost your immune and cardiovascular health. Dark chocolate can also give you cardiovascular support.
5. Chocolate, similar to factor 15 on the beach.
Taken from Everyday Health: Sun protection, in the form of hats and sunscreen, isn’t the only way to prevent skin cancer. It turns out that what you eat may help mitigate the damaging effects of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation, (the major risk factor for skin cancer), too. Among the foods that might help, chocolate is up there at the top…
Chocolate boasts lots of healthy antioxidants in the form of phenols and catechins. “Cocoa, or dark chocolate, contains 4 times as much phenols and catechins as tea — antioxidants that protect our skin from sunburn and skin cancer,” says Frank Lipman, MD, founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City, who recommends fitting 2 ounces of dark chocolate into your daily diet. Antioxidants disarm free radicals, which are DNA-damaging molecules, formed when UV rays penetrate the skin, according to the National Cancer Institute.
consists of twelve one hour weight loss sessions, with Martin and Marion Shirran. Between them they have accumulated ten thousand hours of treatment time in the weight loss arena. In addition to the twelve sessions, clients receive a number of videos, animated presentations, visual aids and hypnosis sessions.
is new and refreshing, incorporating the latest, science-based, behavioural change techniques. Completely based on an approach that has changed the lives of over a thousand people. You too can experience the benefits, the changes in your life, and your thinking around food: maybe today… Martin, above, went on to lose 84 pounds.