Dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients and minerals that positively affect your health AND can assist you in dropping a few pounds.
It breaks my super healthy heart when women reveal there “dark chocolate” secrets about why they “think” they aren’t losing weight.
It generally goes something like this:
Me: “What’s going on, are you following the meal plan I sent you?”
Woman: “Yes I am, but…” “Nick, I know what my problem is…I eat a piece of chocolate every night.”
Me: “I see…so tell me what you had for breakfast and lunch?”
Woman: “I had a bagel with cream cheese, a coffee with coffeemate, and half of an apple” and then for a snack I had a few Goldfish, then a Subway wrap for lunch, with lean turkey…”
Me: “So, you aren’t following the meal plan AT ALL and you’re blaming chocolate?”
Woman (with a look of confusion): But I’m eating healthy!”
Me: “actually, no you’re not and the chocolate is the only thing saving you from total metabolic breakdown!”
A 100 gram bar of dark chocolate with 70-85% cocoa contains:
11 grams of fiber.
67% of the RDA for Iron.
58% of the RDA for Magnesium.
89% of the RDA for Copper.
98% of the RDA for Manganese.
It also has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.
Reason #1 to Eat MORE Chocolate:
Cocoa butter makes chocolate rich and creamy, but there is a hidden benefit to cocoa butter that you can’t taste or feel.
Stearic acid is a saturated fat and if you recall from THIS blog post, saturated fat is, contrary to popular belief, EXTREMELY healthy for you and you weight loss efforts.
This special fat has shown positive benefits to overall cholesterol levels, thus ensuring a normal functioning thyroid and promoting healthy liver function.
Next time you enjoy a piece of your favorite dark chocolate, think to yourself “Mmm, thank you so much stearic acid for keeping my metabolism healthy and my thyroid happy.”
Stearic acid: You’re welcome
Reason #2 Why You Should Eat MORE Chocolate
If I were to tell you how many tiny bacteria are inside of you right now, you’d probably freak out. But I’m going to tell you anyway…
TRILLIONS of bacteria.
These bacteria allow to you live, thrive, and maintain a healthy digestive system.
I’m certain you’ve heard about probiotics. They are all the rage these days.
They are for a reason, since we are overdosing on antibiotics, which kill ALL bacteria (not just the bad ones), replenishing our gut bacteria is vital to maintaining a healthy immune system.
If your immune system is struggling to keep up, do you think you’re going to have an easy time getting healthy, fit, and losing weight?
It just so happens your beneficial gut bacteria LOVE chocolate.
They produce anti-inflammatory compounds that break down and ferment certain components of dark chocolate.
BOOM! How cool is that?
So far, we have stearic acid keeping your metabolism boosted and some unknown compounds promoting a thriving digestive system.
What’s next…your CELLS!
Reason #3 to Eat MORE Chocolate
You’d probably call me crazy and delete every single of my emails if I even hinted at the notion that dark chocolate could actually help you lose weight.
I know, impossible!
Except it’s true.
I’m not suggesting you should eat loads of chocolate to lose weight.
What I am saying is that chocolate is NOT the evil indulgence you think it is.
Dark chocolate helps:
- Lower insulin resistance (which stabilizes blood sugar)
- Stop food cravings (for inflammatory carbohydrates)
- Reduces cortisol and other stress hormone levels (boosting thyroid function)
As you can see, dark chocolate has the ability to BOOST your health and metabolism, which in turn, will help you lose weight.
When combined with an exercise program, balanced meals, and a low inflammatory food diet, dark chocolate WILL help you lose weight.
Remember, you should buy dark chocolate bars that contain at least 70 percent cocoa content.
I’m confident I provided 3 compelling reasons for you to eat more chocolate, but I want to bring home one specific point about food and nutrition.
Is butter really bad for me?
Is gluten really OK if I don’t have Celiac?
Why should I eliminate sugar?
Find YOUR truth when it comes to what to put inside your body.
Thanks for reading!
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