I don't have much chocolate anymore...I'm 43 and don't crave it, ever! But, I also allow myself somewhere @ 4 or so dark choco chips/day (that's 20 calories). Believe it or not, that does me.
I keep them @ for baking cookies for my son.
if you REALLY want chocolate. then just eat it!. =].
or, if you want chocolate, like just the taste and the sweetness, then have hot chocolate. it contains less calories. :)
Don't fight it. Have some chocolate. But don't have chocolate cake or cookies. Get the Hershe's bars that are divided sop you can break off a piece and have a controlle amount (Hershey's Kisses are fine too), then just have the one piece and rather than chewing it up and swallowing it right away, make sure to savor it, let it slowly melt in your mouth and you'll get much more enjoyment out of it - for only 30 to 50 calories.
Anyway, that's what I do. I have about 2 or 3 pieces of the Japanese Meiji brand of chocolate bar every day and it hasn't hurt my efforts at all.
Chocolate is supposed to have health benefits in sensible amounts, so enjoy a little!
When I really really crave chocolate I have my south beach chocolate protein bar...at least I'm getting SOME nutrition while satisifying my chocolate craving. It helps me hehe :)
ever tried chocolate vitamuffins? theyre soo tasty and good for you too! theyre 100 calories and one of them contains 50% of your days worth of vitamins.
definitely satisfies my chocolate craving :)
dark chocolate bar with almonds or something, I find dark chocolate satisfys the craving more than milk chocolate does.
I have decided from now on to satisfy my cravings right away (healthiest option possible though) because if I dont I find I will eat everything else which usually ends up being 400-500 cals sometimes, so why not just satisfy the craving and only have about 240?
I have a bag of Hershey's sugar free dark chocolate. It's yummy and when I crave chocolate I just eat a piece. Usually I break the piece into 4ths and let them melt in my mouth. It works for me.... just don't overload on sugar free chocolate; instant laxative!! Lol but a piece here and there won't hurt you. Especially dark, it's actually good to eat a serving a day. Great antioxidants in it.
Btw, I'm a chocoholic.... lol
Dark chocolate hersheys kisses... eaten slowly one at a time - three feels like a real chocolate treat and it's less than 100 calories.
If you're craving a particular food, don't torture yourself eating stuff that you DON'T want - most often people just end up eating far too much trying to get past the craving and then having the 'bad food' at well in the end! Better to just eat a controlled amount of it to begin with and save the extra calories...
Another vote for not fighting it. Buy a really good chocolate, something that you will enjoy having several times. Take out their recommended serving size, and put the rest away. (this is the trick, keep the rest of it out of your sight.) Now sit back, and slowly savor every bit of it. No watching tv, reading a book or the computer, talking with someone, just enjoy the chocolate. You deserve 5 minutes to yourself, with your chocolate.
I've lost 90# so far, and still have chocolate just about every day. A little bit won't hurt your diet, but if you keep fighting it, you are more likely to binge.
I like to have a snack size bar of Hershey's special dark chocolate with my allotment of almonds. (mixed together) I think tiny indulgences that you savor and enjoy only PROMOTE weight loss, and help you to feel NOT deprived. I also keep it within my calorie limits. It's better than scarfing down a half bag of Dorito's...and way more delicious! It also reminds you that YOU are in control and not the food. If you avoid everything tempting or decadent...you will be a really anxious dieter.
I think one just has to keep it all in perspective !