HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE CHOCOLATE WEIGHT LOSS DIET

 

When people are first exposed to The Chocolate Weight Loss Diet, they think that it is a joke – although nothing is more serious than using the uniquely powerful attributes of the cacao bean (the source of all chocolates) and applying it to our biologies to achieve stellar health, wellness and weight loss results. 

You might be surprised (or not) to find that chocolate was once touted as a miracle cure that, “cures and preserves the body of many diseases,” some 350 years ago. Scientists today are finding that they may not have been far from the truth as they continuously uncover new medicinal properties of the more than 300 compounds found in cacao. 

The cardiovascular benefits of chocolate are now well-known. Now, we know that chocolate (particularly dark chocolate) lowers blood pressure and also reduces LDL cholesterol. So it’s not uncommon for a doctor to prescribe the regular eating of chocolate for heart patients. 

These health benefits are the basis of The Chocolate Weight Loss Diet, promoting the regular ingesting of chocolate throughout the day to increase your rate of weight loss. Effective health-related results of embracing The Chocolate Weight Loss Diet can include help with the following underlying health conditions: 

  • Adult onset diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Breast cancer
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Decreased lifespan
  • Depression
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Eczema
  • Fatty liver disease (aka nonalcoholic steatohepatitis or NASH)
  • Gallbladder disease and gallstones
  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
  • Gout
  • Hearing loss
  • Heart disease
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernias
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Inflammation
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Premature death
  • Prostate cancer
  • Pulmonary (breathing) problems, including sleep apnea
  • Reproductive problems in women, including menstrual irregularities and infertility
  • Sleep disorders
  • Stroke
  • Surgical complications
  • Tooth decay

 

All the above, as well as also being a powerful pain reliever, (are you ready for this) appetite suppressant and promotes longevity, amongst other valuable health benefits. The health advantages of the cacao bean are indisputable.
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OVERCOME EMOTIONAL EATING

Emotional easting, basically, means that we eat when we are not motivated by physiological hunger. Instead, we eat due to emotional motivators, or stress, to eat. This obsessive eating distracts our psychological attentions from our anxieties to the flavor of the food that is craved, thereby easing our psychological distress.

 

A variety of emotions can be the root driving force of our emotional eating. We reach for robust/pleasing (usually fattening) foods that are a powerful distraction for emotions, like, anxiety, fear, loneliness, anger, guilt… 

Think about what makes you reach for food to calm your emotional eating engine. 

1. Do you ever find yourself eating, when you know you are not hungy?
2. Do you wolf-food-down, as if you were in a hurry to be somewhere?
3. Do you find yourself, “self-medicating,” to make yourself feel better about life’s callenges?
4. Do you find yourself eating more when you’re having a stressful day?
5. Do you instinctively seek out food in an effort to, “feel good,” about yourself or any given situation?
6. Do you find yourself desiring food because you’re feeling sad, angry, anxious, down, bored, or lonely?
7. Do you seek out food because you’re feeling lethargic, and food will give you a burst of energy?
8. Do you find yourself mindlessly feeding-your-face while watching a movie, or in front of the TV?
9. While self-medicating with food, do you hide your binge eating, or food cravings, from others?

 

If you’ve answered, “Yes,” to any of the above questions, you may well be sufferring from emotional eating. 

Maybe – just maybe – it does make a difference, what kind of food it is that you are reaching for, when emotional eating. Sure, many of us reach instinctively for chocolate, but are we reaching for the right kind of chocolate? 

Believe it, or not, there are different kinds of chocolate and one kind of chocolate, in particular, can actually help you with your urge to eat emotionally. Simply, you must seek out healthy chocolate. Healthy chocolate is dark, has a high percentage of cocoa (45%, or more), and preferably cold-press processed. 

Dark chocolate contains far more nutritional content than its milk chocolate counterpart. And since many of the nutries are processed-out of chocolate by alkalizing and the, “dutching,” process, chocolate that is cold-pressed has the highest nutritional content and ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) ratings that top-out far above other high-ORAC-rated foods that provide us with powerful antioxidants. 

Antioxidants are intimately involved in the prevention of cellular damage — the common pathway for cancer, aging, obesity, and a variety of diseases. 

According to the ORAC measurement of a food’s antioxidant strength, dark chocolate at a rating of 13,120 stands high above other high-ORAC foods such as Acai berries (5,500), raisins (2,830), blueberries (2,400), spinach (1,260), broccoli (890), and red grapes (739). 

Also, when looking for more healthful chocolate confections, consider one without added sugars, caffeine, milk fat, fillers, waxes, preservatives, and sport a lower calorie count. 

Instead of reaching for a Hershey bar, next time, reach for the more healthy, dark chocolate alternative. 

Xanthines found in chocolate create a sense of well-being. Theobromine opens the lungs and increases flow in blood vessels. It calms nerves and has a little stimulatory effect to give some additional energy without the addictive and negative stimulatory effects of caffeine. 

This healthier dark chocolate actually helps to suppress the appetite while preventing fat metabolism and storage. Plus, due to its mood elevation chemicals, people feel better so they are more motivated to move and continue to lose weight. 

The high-cocoa content, cold-processed, dark chocolates act, not only as an anti-depressant promoting a feeling of well-being, but also as a powerful appetite suppressant, thereby quelling the undercurrents of emotional eating. 

For many people, chocolate’s weight control benefits extend from the suppression of appetite to the enhancement of mood. According to Dr. Steve Warren, research suggests several explanations as to how chocolate might aid in weight loss 

1. Optimizes Nutrition: Much of today’s common diet is comprised of empty calories. If the body is not receiving the nutrients it needs, it produces the urge to eat more. Cocoa, on the other hand, provides the appropriate amount of vitamins and minerals the body needs, thus decreasing the urges for added “fuel”.
2. Balances Blood Sugar: Coca and dark chocolate help stabilize blood sugar levels, reducing hypoglycemic episodes and binge-eating behaviors. They also promote healthy insulin sensitivity and proper glucose metabolism, which minimizes the conversion of glucose into fat.
3. Normalizes Appetite: One of cocoa’s active compounds – anandamide, also called the “bliss chemical” – helps block the brain’s appetite center, Anandamide “tricks” the mind into believing something sweet has been consumed, which satisfies cravings without the added food intake.
4. Fights Depression: Coca stimulates the dopamine and norepinephrine pathways in the brain, which lessen depression and are associated with decreased appetite and weight loss.
5. Delivers Phenylethylamine (PEA): This chemical produces effects similar to those of amaphetamine, which makes one feel giddy, euphoric and excited. Researchers also believe that PEA stimulates the production of dopamine in the brain’s pleasure center, Such emotions counter the depression typically associated with dieting and restrictive dietary intake.
6. Increases Fiber: Surprisingly, cocoa is an excellent source of fiber, which helps block fat absorption, creates a feeling of fullness when eating, and is associated with decreased weight.
7. Boosts Endorphins: Cocoa increases the body’s endorphin levels, which naturally decreases the need to eat high-sugar, high-fat foods, The “high” one gets from the dark chocolate supersedes any enjoyment one might get from eating, so the focus shifts to eating for nutrition rather than pleasure.
8. Increases Serotonin: This calming neurotransmitter helps promote a balanced mood. Carbohydrates like chocolate help stimulate its production, and the alkaloids found in cocoa also help raise serotonin levels.
9. Relieves Inflammation: Cocoa’s primary compounds help relieve low-grade inflammation. Chronic inflammation is associated with low leptin levels, which increases appetite.
10. Delivers Theobromine: Similar to caffeine (though not as strong), theobromine may produce a mild, pleasant stimulatory effect.
11. Substitutes Good for Bad: Instead of consuming high-calorie chocolates loaded with sugars, bad fats and other harmful ingredients, look for chocolate products that are high in cold-processed cocoa, provide high levels of cocoa’s flavanols and other nutrients, and are sweetened with natural sweeteners. This substitution will decrease bad fat, bad sugar, and calorie intake and increase consumption of nutrients essential to the body.
12. Increases Energy: An added benefit of cocoa’s accumulative effects seems to be added energy, which can improve one’s ability to exercise and lessens the desire to seek out unhealthy food and an energy source.

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Published in: on March 3, 2009 at 7:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

CHOCOLATE: THE MAIN INGREDIENT

The key, main ingredient of The Chocolate Weight Loss Diet, is chocolate. We’re not talking about a chocolate-flavored diet elixir – NO – we’re talking about rich luxurious chocolate. Not chocolate that you’re eating as a reward for denying yourself the food that you would have rather eaten…

On The Chocolate Weight Loss Diet, you are encouraged to eat chocolate following every meal. Meals that include the foods that you love. This diet is custom-designed by each Chocolate-Weight-Loss-Dieter to include not only the foods that you enjoy the most, but chocolate at every meal AND – if you’re genuinely a chocolate connoisseur – including chocolate snacks in-between meals, too!

How can you eat all this chocolate and lose weight?

By following the guidelines of The Chocolate Weight Loss Diet, you are using the power of chocolate to achieve your weight loss goals – and we show you how.

Most people overlook the weightloss advantages of the hundreds of chemical properties that make up the mysterious product we’ve come to know as, “chocolate,” originating from the cacao bean.

Scientists are just now only skimming the surface of the vast qualities of the many ingredients that come from the cacao bean. Many of these properties promote – not only weight loss – but enhanced health-promoting qualities.

Is all chocolate good for you? No. Some are better than others and we teach you how to tell good chocolates from bad – but when you’re in a crowded supermarket, you can always find chocolates that will enhance your weight loss and health – and we’ll show you how.

Did you know, that of all the properties that exist in raw cacao, one is a powerful appetite suppressant?

Often when we crave food, we do so as a result of anxiety. The calming effects of chocolate are well-known. Thus, we can utilize the calming effects of chocolate to thwart food cravings brought on by anxiety or stress.

While chocolate has this calming effect, it also has an energizing component, so when we are depressed or lacking energy (also reasons that cause us to crave carbohydrates) chocolate supplies us with the relief that we need to keep our diet in-check.

As early as the mid-1600’s, Europeans prescribed chocolate to remedy digestive problems – another reason for weight gain.

The advantages of the Chocolate Weight Loss Diet don’t end at weighing in at fewer pounds, that’s just the beginning. For those of us who embrace the unbridled power of chocolate, we not only receive the benefits of weight loss, but also enjoy many of the health benefits from steady use of this powerful nutrient source over a longer, more sustained, period of time.

When comparing The Chocolate Weight Loss Diet to other diets or weight loss systems side-by-side, noticeable advantages include a greater rate of fat-loss, enhanced mood, greater energy and sleeping better while losing weight. Chocolate weight loss dieters are less likely to experience the irritability and/or weakness that are symptoms of other systems.

The Chocolate Weight Loss Diet is effective for both men and women. Women gravitate to the chocolate-powered diet more than men, even though men seem to lose fat at a slightly higher rate than their female counterparts.

For those that fully embrace the complete Chocolate Weight Loss Diet system, they achieve a greater loss of deep stored fat, than those who simply attempt to lose weight by, “just eating healthy chocolate.”

The Chocolate Weight Loss Diet’s main ingredient is, chocolate. But you must pay special attention to locate and obtain the highest quality chocolate to achieve maximum benefits from this system. We suggest cold-press-processed dark chocolate with no added processed sugar(s), this preserves the powerful nutrients of the cacao bean and helps to prevent the loss of muscle mass.

Think back to the last time you were on a diet… Remember everyone watching what you ate? The grapefruits, pre-packaged (obviously labeled) frozen (or suspended animation) TV dinners, homemade diet soup(s), powdered drink mixes, etc… You just knew those people were pointing, talking about you behind your back, saying, “Oh, look! She’s on another diet, and this time…” blah, blah, blah…

But now that you’re on the Chocolate Weight Loss Diet – what will they think when they see you eating chocolate? They’d never guess you could possibly be on a diet. Nonetheless, if you follow the simple rules, your excess pounds will continue to drop.

Nobody makes fun of a weight loser eating chocolate, although they may become jealous and ask: “How did you do it?” because they, too, would like to eat chocolate, lose weight and be healthy.

There is certainly no negative diet stigma related to those who embrace the – Chocolate Weight Loss Diet – in fact, it is the-diet that an overweight America has been craving, err… waiting for.