Chocolate Diet: Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

This Chocolate Diet from Nutritionist and neuroscientist Dr. Will Clower wants to dispel the myth that chocolate is just a “junk food”.

He says learning to relax about eating chocolate can reduce your stress and actually make it easier to lose weight.

chocolate diet: Eat Chocolate Lose Weight

In his book, Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight, Clower reveals how chocolate contains healthy antioxidants that can help you release excess pounds.

The book offers a chocolate diet plan based on the latest scientific research.

His clients have lost over 100 pounds while continuing to eat chocolate on a daily basis.

Chocolate Diet Basics

Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight is a six-step eating plan based on the Mediterranean diet.

  1. Choose the weight loss chocolate, not the weight gain chocolate.
  2. Determine the right amount of daily chocolate.
  3. Use chocolate to lose your sweet tooth.
  4. Discover how to eat chocolate.
  5. Avoid stress-induced over-consumption of chocolate.
  6. Use chocolate to boost your workouts.

Chocolate Eating Lessons

Clower says we should practice chocolate eating every day. He offers chocolate eating lessons to guide you on the best way to select and eat chocolate for better health.

Of course you can’t eat all the chocolate you want all the time and lose weight. These lessons will teach you how to stop the chronic consumption of chocolate that hinders your weight loss efforts.

You have to train your physiology to move in a healthy direction as you choose and consume high quality chocolate.

Dark Chocolate Offers the Most Benefits

The more cocoa your chocolate has the less sugar it contains. Darker chocolate also has more health-promoting antioxidants.

If you currently prefer milk or white chocolate you are going to have to learn to appreciate dark varieties.

Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight says that you can train your brain over a period of 2 to 4 weeks by gradually increasing the cocoa content of your chocolate.

The Science of the Chocolate Diet

Eating chocolate activates pleasure centers in the brain and is associated with the release of feel-good chemicals.

This reduces stress hormones, which benefits your metabolism and can help you lose weight.

Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight’s Chocolate Challenge

Readers are encouraged to try eating 40 grams of high-cocoa chocolate – at least 70% – every day for 8 weeks. You shouldn’t consume it all in one sitting but rather spread it out over the day.

Some of the benefits you may experience include:

  • A reduced craving for sweets.
  • Less desire for in-between meal snacking.
  • Increased energy levels.
  • Better mood and feelings of well being.
  • Weight loss of up to 20 pounds.
  • Improved blood pressure.

Other Foods Recommended

Besides Dark Chocolate, here’s some other foods you can expect to consume:
Cocoa powder, eggs, salmon, chicken, turkey, yogurt, walnuts, almonds, bread, oatmeal, peanut butter, black beans, sweet potato, green beans, broccoli, avocado, beets, strawberries, cherries, apples, red wine, tea, coffee.

Sample Day’s Diet Plan

Breakfast

If you’re a little hungry: Handful of walnuts
If you’re a bit hungrier: Plain Greek yogurt, with fresh fruit, a drizzle of honey, 1 tablespoon cocoa and a little granola

Lunch

Starter: One or two thumb-size pieces of high-cocoa chocolate
Mediterranean veggie sandwich
Hummus with carrot sticks
Ender: One or two thumb-size pieces of high-cocoa chocolate

Afternoon Snack

Small coffee or tea

Dinner

Starter: One or two thumb-size pieces of high-cocoa chocolate
Slow Cooker Chicken Mole
Pinto beans topped with fresh minced onions and grilled veggies
1 sliced orange
Ender: One or two thumb-size pieces of high-cocoa chocolate

Get Consistent Movement

Chocolate gives you more energy to exercise, reduces fatigue and helps your muscles repair after physical activity.

You don’t have to be active everyday on the chocolate diet. Just get outside and find ways to get consistent movement into your daily routines.

You will experience many health benefits simply by eating chocolate. But when you combine exercise with high cocoa chocolate consumption you will get an even greater boost.

Costs and Expenses

Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight: New Science Proves You Should Eat Chocolate Every Day retails at $25.99.

Click here to purchase this diet for a discounted price.

Also the additional costs of high quality dark chocolate should be considered. A great list of brands to choose and avoid is here.

Pros

  • Provides information based on scientific research about eating behavior as it relates to chocolate.
  • The Chocolate Diet Highlights the potential health benefits of chocolate.
  • Outlines what type and quantity of chocolate to consume for the best results.
  • Includes two weeks of meal plans.
  • Offers a selection of chocolate recipes.

Cons

  • Not suitable for individuals who are sensitive to chocolate or caffeine.
  • Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight does not offer a vegetarian meal plan.
  • Most of the recipes include unhealthy ingredients such as white flour, white sugar and butter.

Moderation and Quality are Key

Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight shows readers how to incorporate the right type and amount of chocolate into a healthy eating plan.

This allows dieters to satisfy their cravings while also taking advantages of the potential health benefits of chocolate as part of a healthy chocolate diet.

    References:

  • Engler, M. B., Engler, M. M., Chen, C. Y., Malloy, M. J., Browne, A., Chiu, E. Y., … & Mietus-Snyder, M. L. (2004). Flavonoid-rich dark chocolate improves endothelial function and increases plasma epicatechin concentrations in healthy adults. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 23(3), 197-204. link
  • Steinberg, F. M., Bearden, M. M., & Keen, C. L. (2003). Cocoa and chocolate flavonoids: implications for cardiovascular health. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 103(2), 215-223. link
  • Wan, Y., Vinson, J. A., Etherton, T. D., Proch, J., Lazarus, S. A., & Kris-Etherton, P. M. (2001). Effects of cocoa powder and dark chocolate on LDL oxidative susceptibility and prostaglandin concentrations in humans. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 74(5), 596-602. link
 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
Last Reviewed: December 26, 2014. Disclaimer
  • Lucy

    Is this diet very good?
    Does it make large profits?
    It looks good mmmm:)

  • janet

    good source of energy for your bones =]
    chocolate is a good diet

  • Karen

    No, no, no! This is definitely a diet that does not work!

  • jamie-lee

    lol hw do you know it won’t work

  • annie

    sounds a bit silly because its basicly a normal diet with excercise..just without chocolate haha

    🙂

  • BIlly

    I think it’s a good diet for people who love chocolate because chocolate is tasty and I love chocolate a lot so if I needed to lose weight this would be a good diet plan (But I don’t)

  • Hassana

    I’m wondering if you can lose weight by eating chocolate?

  • Rosetta

    I believe this diet could really help if you put alot of effort into it as you would any other diet and I think it really is a good diet for those who are chocholic.

  • Terry

    perhaps you should all be checking out a true chocolate diet. http://www.waycooldiet.com/stellarhealth

  • mike

    while i went on this diet i gained 8 pounds wtf is up with that i thought i was supposed to lose weight not gain it.

  • Maria

    I think this diet could really work if you put some effort into it. All i have to say is that if you like chocolate this would be suitable for you!!!!!!!!!!

  • alix

    I think this diet I actually good for
    people who suffers from anorexia or depretion
    Or people who wants to put on weight 😉

  • Gcih

    Ooh!!! I’d like to try this diet!!!

    I LOVE CHOCOLATES!!!

  • chels

    diets people come up with hahahaha

  • Rachel

    OMG Most of u people trying this are probably skinny! Stop the madness!

  • Terry Walker

    I’ve tried this diet. With really hard work and watching what you eat and the right exersise, I lost a little less then what it says but close enough. I lost about 5 pounds a month. After a few months i was looking great!

  • Paradisia

    good diet:loose weight, eat veggies, exercise, yet still enjoy chocolate
    bad diet: starve yourself, and have the chance of becoming more addicted to chocolate
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  • carly

    What would this diet cost you? not the book cost

  • sheilamurphy

    OMG…..I can’t believe that someone actually made up a chocolate diet Patheic

  • luke

    no way it totally work I tryed it 🙂

  • jess

    i’m fat and happy! 🙂

  • margarito

    no the chocolate is not good 4 your health

  • Mel

    Yes, this a very true diet that works. I have not read this book, but my husband and I eat dark chocolate (high quality 70 percent or higher cocoa content) all day before all meals and it curves your appitite and we eat much less during our meals. Many evenings we just have a vegtable tray with fruit and nuts with a glass (or two) of red wine. We eat a normal breakfast and lunch. I lost 15 pounds and my husband lost 21 pounds without even thinking we were on a diet. (Which we weren’t) We do exercise regularly, walking, biking or yoga classes a few times a week. But we honestly eat at least 5 to 8oz of dark chocolate every single day!

  • Abraham

    Not all fats are good, that’s for sure. There are both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ fats and the most important thing is to be able to differentiate between the two. As a general rule, good fats are mono-unsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated fats.

    Let’s see the following facts:
    1. Poly-Unsaturated Fats are GOOD

    Good sources of poly-unsaturated fats are walnuts, salmon, trout and sunflower

    seeds.

    2. Mono-Unsaturated Fats are GOOD

    Some good sources of mono-unsaturated fats include peanuts, almonds and

    avocados which are all great for you.

    3. Saturated Fats are GOOD

    Good sources of saturated fats can be found in Diary and poultry.

    Bad fats are ‘trans fats’ (which are linked to cancer). Make sure you read the label of food and avoid anything that says “hydrogenated”. These bad fats lower your HDL (good cholesterol) and increase your LDL (bad cholesterol), they clog arteries, cause insulin resistance and contribute to diabetes.

    4. Trans Fats = BAD

    Food with high content of ‘trans fats’ include deep fried foods like chips