Welcome to the NEW Healthista series featuring 30 days of weight loss tips with Nutritionist Rick Hay. Today’s is all about eating dark chocolate – yes chocolate
Today’s daily weight loss tip from Nutritionist Rick Hay is about the power of very dark chocolate, specifically that which is at least 70 per cent cacao to help you lose weight. If that instantly makes you think ‘yeh right,’ bear with us. Firstly, eating high quality dark chocolate helps combat the feelings of deprivation people often feel on strict diets. Swiss scientists have found that dark chocolate reduces the metabolic effects of stress which can include weight gain, and University of Copenhagen researchers have shown that dark chocolate curbs cravings for sweet, salty, and fatty foods alike. But the effects only worked if, like we said, you reach for the dark variety.
Rick Hay says: ‘I have some really good news for you. Chocolate can help you lose weight. Let me qualify that, what I’m talking about in the first instance is raw cacao powder. This is chocolate in it’s organic state. You can add it to smoothies and juices to give that chocolate taste that you want or also in hot drinks. I think if you give yourself that chocolate taste you’ll be less likely to crave the bad milky sugary chocolate. But you have another choice, you can have cacao in the form of a chocolate bar but you need something that has at least 70 percent cacao. Chocolate is a great way to satisfy a sweet craving, and having the very dark variety is much less more-ish and much more satisfying than eating cheap milky chocolate that is laden in junk fats and always leaves you wanting more.’
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Rick Hay is an Anti-Ageing and Fitness Nutritionist with many years clinical experience in nutrition, naturopathy, botanical medicine and iridology. He specializes in obesity treatment and weight management. He writes a regular Natural Health and Fitness Blog for Healthista. Find out more at rickhay.co.uk. Follow Rick on Twitter @nutritiomalphys