The Chocolate Diet includes the one food completely removed from all other diet plans – chocolate. In most plans chocolate is a big no-no and to be avoided. However, the premise behind the chocolate diet is that by excluding chocolate you are making it into a food to be craved. By adding chocolate to the daily diet, that craving, and cravings for other sweets, is thought to be removed. This makes the diet easier to stick to and be successful.
This is not to say that there are no restrictions to the diet. Certain foods are to be avoided because they can trigger binge eating responses. The foods recommended on the Chocolate Diet are:
You can eat all the veggies you want on the Chocolate Diet. These are considered to be free in the diet’s plan and do not have any negative impact on the diet. Vegetables are a very important part of this diet since they provide a large amount of vitamins and nutrients. These are needed to help the body get healthier and burn off calories during the day.
If you try this diet, you are encouraged to drink fat-free skim milk as much as possible. There are also dietary supplements for this diet in the form of shakes and meal replacements. Otherwise, water, mineral water and more water are all very important to the success of this diet plan.
Breakfast in the Chocolate Diet is about what you would expect. A diet featuring fresh fruit, a fruit salad or a bowl of shredded wheat in skim milk is the norm. It’s important to have breakfast because it gets your metabolism into high gear for the rest of the day.
For lunch, salads are the meal of choice on this diet. You can have a regular salad or a pasta salad as long as you use low calorie or low fat dressing. If you are in the mood for something different you can go with spaghetti but use whole grain or wheat pasta instead of the normal white variety.
When it comes to dinner, you want to steer away from foods that are heavy in carbohydrates. Salads, whole wheat pasta dishes, chicken and steamed vegetables. Remember that vegetables are free to eat at any time on the Chocolate Diet so, load up at dinner time if you want.
There are three periods when snacking is allowed, before and after lunch and after dinner. The first snack should consist of popcorn or fresh fruit. The snack after lunch is more of the same or you could choose to make a fresh fruit smoothie. The snack after dinner is the one that makes this the Chocolate Diet. You can have popcorn and 1oz of chocolate. The best chocolate to choose is probably dark chocolate, since it is high in antioxidants.
The Chocolate Diet is designed to help you lose about seven pounds over a two-week period. The inclusion of chocolate in the diet helps to remove cravings and keep you focused on the goal.