I have found in my own dieting experience that unless you plan to never eat chocolate again (heaven forbid)
then you are only setting yourself up to fail by denying your body the little treat it desires and deserves.
Sure going cold turkey may make you lose faster - but I beleive that we have to teach ourselves how to eat right - not perfect. A candy bar once a month isnt going to undo your efforts (it is the daily treats that get you)
- and it may just make you feel better and less stressed. By being so strict you may be setting yourself up to binge.
It really is ok to have treats even when "dieting" I follow the 90/10 plan - 90% of my choices are healthy, balanced, low calorie and 10% are treats - give or take.
Besides - calories in and calories burned are the real factors - the point to reducing intake of sugar is to avoid hunger spikes - but no one should have to live without chocolate forever.
And if you are excercising
and eating good most of the time - why punish yourself during the one time of the month that you really need to give in? You might just find that once your body knows you havent given up chocolate all together that the cravings will lessen (we only want what we cant have) - so never say never again.
That is just my buck and a half.