We have had the Cabbage Soup Diet, the Grapefruit Diet and even the Junk Food Diet so why not the Chocolate Diet?
We have to have some justification for our Chocolate Diet and the fact that most chocolate contains milk is probably not sufficient, so let’s turn to the authoritative pages of the Daily Mail for inspiration.
Chocolate is Healthier than Fruit
In February 2011 in an article entitled “Chocolate Lovers Rejoice!”, the Daily Mail reported that scientists at the Hershey’s Centre for Health and Nutrition discovered that dark chocolate contains higher levels of antioxidants than juice made from the so called “superfruits”. Antioxidants help to keep skin and hair healthy and help prevent the aging process.
Chocolate may Protect the Brain from Stroke
In August 2012 the Daily Mail reported that the consumption of milk chocolate reduced the risk of stroke. This beneficial effect was said to be due to chocolate containing chemicals with antioxidant, anti-clotting, anti-inflammatory properties and possibly the ability to reduce the levels of bad cholesterol.
Dark Chocolate Reduces Blood Pressure
In November 2011 the Daily Mail reported on Swedish research that discovered that the consumption of dark chocolate reduced blood pressure by inhibiting a specific enzyme in the blood. What was more extraordinary is that it did so as effectively as drugs designed to do so!
The two-week dark chocolate diet
At this point you would love me to say “drop a dress size with the two-week chocolate diet” but no! If, however, you want to reduce your risk of diabetes and high blood pressure which are major contributory factors for strokes and heart attacks then this may be just what you are looking for (but check with your doctor first). The Chocolate Diet is described in the above link to the Daily Mail article from August 2008
A little of what you fancy does you good!
The trouble with chocolate is that it tends to be consumed in addition to ones normal diet and not instead of it. That means that one takes on additional fat and sugar. Any food consumed in excess to what ones body requires will ultimately make one overweight (or not short on latent energy as someone once said to me). All of the studies referenced above drew attention to this fact and they all used moderate amounts of chocolate. It is a shame but none advocated sitting down to two half pound bars of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk every night.
Using Chocolate to Lose Weight
The over consumption of chocolate will make you fat but maybe it can be used to lose weight. Peter Ajello lost over 15 stone using small squares of dark chocolate to stave off the cravings from his sweet tooth but as with any achievement like Peter’s, it required a lot of commitment and hard work.
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