It is a bit the dream of all of us … To be able to lose weight without giving up a tasty piece of chocolate. It’s possible? Are you serious? Dietetics do not seem to demonize chocolate (as long as it is dark) and include it in a healthy diet in order to lose weight, without sacrificing taste. A little chocolate actually improves the mood and removes the typical diet stress. And you can follow it even when the holidays are far away! It goes without saying that the risks of the DIY diet should always be kept in mind as we saw earlier.
Just to break the eggs in the basket, I warn you: in the chocolate diet, the chocolate in question must be pure dark, therefore absolutely without milk or sugar. It will satisfy the need for dessert, which, especially in women, is predominant at certain times of the month. Don’t consume more than one or two pieces of pampered a day or goodbye diet!
A hot chocolate is highly recommended, as long as there is no sugar, which will satisfy you unexpectedly, even before going to bed. Try to combine it with tea but don’t add snacks or biscuits. It is already too much that you can lose weight with taste! For skeptics we see together why dark chocolate is so important.
Dark chocolate: Properties
Dark chocolate has multiple positive properties both for our health but also for our beauty. The fundamental ingredient for a dark chocolate that is good for our body is certainly cocoa, the greater the presence of cocoa (at least 70%) the higher the quality of chocolate.
We cannot fail to mention the benefits that dark chocolate has for our hearts. In fact, being rich in antioxidants, especially flavonoids, its regular consumption contributes to the reduction of blood pressure and to a lower exposure to cardiovascular diseases.
It is due to the antioxidant properties that dark chocolate is an excellent ally of our beauty, it plays an important protective action for our skin.
But how come when we eat a chocolate bar we feel so satisfied and happy? Simple, because chocolate contains serotonin, a true hormone of happiness, capable of reducing anxiety and stress and instilling a sense of well – being. Recent studies have even confirmed that habitual consumption of dark chocolate does not favor the development of fat mass but, on the contrary, promotes weight loss.
Clearly, we would like to point out that despite the multiple properties of dark chocolate, we must never overdo the quantities, that is to say it does not mean that you can eat an entire tablet of dark chocolate.
Well, the only problem then what is it? There is one and it is the most terrible. Chocolate is addictive and, therefore, since the quantities are what count, how will we stop at two squares a day, without being left with a bitter taste? Anyone who wants too much, however, does nothing!
Chocolate Diet: An example of a weekly menu
For all those who want to try to lose a few extra pounds with chocolate we see, together, a valid example of a weekly diet chocolate diet. Clearly, as always, we advise you to consult a dietician before undertaking any type of diet
Breakfast: 1 cup (200 ml) of coffee and milk and 2 slices of toasted cereal bread with 2 teaspoons of Nutella
Snack: 1 slice of pineapple
Lunch: 80 g of sliced beef with rocket (quantity to taste) topped with 1 spoon of oil and lemon and 50 g of bread
Snack: 1 small bunch of grapes
Dinner: 70 g of noodles seasoned with 1 teaspoon of Parmesan, ricotta and bitter cocoa. (Recipe: prepare the sauce by mixing 30 g of ricotta, 2 tablespoons of milk, a curl of butter and 2 teaspoons of bitter cocoa, 150 g of steamed spinach seasoned with 1 tablespoon of oil, lemon and pepper) in a small pan
Breakfast: 1 bar cup (140 ml) of hot chocolate and 4 whole wheat biscuits (alternatively 1 chocolate croissant and a cappuccino with skimmed milk and sweetener)
Snack: 1 apple
Lunch: 60 g of rice with vegetables (courgettes, aubergines, peppers, tomatoes added in thin pieces to lightly sautéed stewed and cooked together with rice), mushroom salad (150 g) with parsley seasoned with a tablespoon of oil and lemon
Snack: 2 kiwi
Dinner: 150 g of sea bream with side dish of artichokes (200 g) sautéed or raw seasoned with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, 50 g of bread.
Breakfast: 1 cup (200 ml) of skimmed milk with instant barley and 4 toast with cocoa
Snack: 1 orange juice
Lunch: 60 g of rice with courgettes, grilled vegetables in free quantities seasoned with parsley, garlic and 1 tablespoon of oil
Snack: 1 banana small
Dinner: 150 g of cocoa turkey breast (Recipe: brown the meat in a sauce made with 1 tablespoon of oil, onion, 2 cloves, a sprinkling of cinnamon, 2 teaspoons of melted bitter cocoa in a little hot water and 1 tablespoon of ground roasted peanuts), 1 boiled or roasted potato dressed with 1 tablespoon of oil and spices to taste.
Breakfast: 200 ml of milk with 2 tablespoons of whole grain flakes
Snack: 1 pear
Lunch: 70 g of cauliflower penne (Recipe: cut the fine cauliflower and put it in boiling water for 5-10 minutes before throwing the pasta Season with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of Parmesan cheese, 200 g courgettes to taste and 1 orange
Snack: 1 pudding (125 g) with chocolate
Dinner: 130 g of stir-fried chicken with 1 teaspoon of oil and sage, 150 g of mixed salad with lettuce, celery and fennel seasoned with 1 tablespoon of oil and lemon, 50 g of bread.
Breakfast: lemon tea with sweetener and 5 biscuits with cereals and cocoa beans
Snack: 2 kiwis
Lunch: 70 g of sauteed pasta with julienne carrots, stewed bean sprouts and a drop of soy sauce, natural fruit salad
Snack: 1 chocolate crepes (can also be eaten in creperie) or 1 cup of hot chocolate
Dinner: 150 g of baked or salt sea bass, mixed salad in free quantities seasoned with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, 50 g of bread.
Breakfast: 1 cup (200 g) of low-fat yogurt with 2 tablespoons of oat flakes and 1 teaspoon of honey, tea or coffee to taste with sweetener
Snack: 1 handful of toasted almonds
Lunch: 60 g of tomato risotto, mixed vegetables in free quantities stew in a pan with parsley, 1 tablespoon of oil and spices to taste
Snack: 1 mela
Dinner: 120 g of pan-fried chicken nuggets and dressed with yogurt and cocoa sauce (recipe: prepare the sauce by cooking 1 minute of chopped onion, 1 spoonful of oil, 1 of flour, 1 small glass of skimmed milk and nutmeg which at the end of cooking add 1 teaspoon of bitter cocoa and 2 tablespoons of plain yoghurt), mixed salad to taste with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, 50 g of bread.
Breakfast: 1 jar (125 g) of low-fat yogurt with 2 tablespoons of crunchy chocolate muesli, tea or coffee to taste with sweetener
Snack: 20 g of grana cheese
Lunch: 150 g of grilled beef, grilled vegetables in large quantities free
Snack: 8 roast chestnuts
Dinner: 1 margherita pizza and 1 baked pear with chocolate (recipe: cook the pear in the oven and towards the end of cooking sprinkle the pear with a sauce made by melting 3 tablespoons of orange juice, 20 grams of dark chocolate and cinnamon powder).