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Chocolate overload: what happened??

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 13, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Hello! I am female 23, been paleo for about a year. Everything has been great, happy with the way I look and my weight. Only about 2 weeks ago I started having intense chocolate craving, not those that-time-of-the-month usual cravings but I mean thinking about it 24/7,dreaming about it. So yesterday when I woke up I thought enough was enough and had my finace's leftover chocolate bar and suddenly felt great. Well as it happens I only wanted chocolate so had only chocolate all day yesterday, and some coffee, but that's all I ate. Didn't limit myself and ate as much of chocolate as I wanted. I felt really good, went to sleep satisfied and had a great sleep. I probably ate around 600grams worth of chocolate,could be more, but this morning I weighed myself and I had lost 2 pounds! I expected a bit of gain but not loss!

I'm just a bit confused as to why I lost weight? Any insight? I ate any kind of chocolate I wanted didn't limit myself to just dark chocolate.

7340d14f53aa54f1813f4796a7bc1b4c

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on May 14, 2013
at 02:17 AM

My period ended a week ago so not PMS.

7340d14f53aa54f1813f4796a7bc1b4c

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on May 14, 2013
at 12:16 AM

up to 5 lbs wow!

7340d14f53aa54f1813f4796a7bc1b4c

(15)

on May 14, 2013
at 12:15 AM

@jessica: Yes my cravings did subside, no more dying for a piece of chocolate :)

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on May 13, 2013
at 11:34 PM

have your cravings subsided?

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on May 13, 2013
at 09:55 PM

Note that if you eat nothing in a day but 600g of chocolate, it's physically impossible to gain more than 600g from it; probably much less after factoring in metabolic inefficiency and waste products. 600g of chocolate is certainly excessive, but a single blowout like that is just not going to affect you that much (assuming it's a food that doesn't cause you other problems).

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on May 13, 2013
at 09:53 PM

I don't think she's proposing this as a long-term diet, but I agree that I wouldn't recommend it for that. Very dark chocolate isn't particularly unhealthy -- even with the added sugar, it's practically low-carb. But it's missing a lot of micronutrients, plus protein.

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on May 13, 2013
at 09:17 PM

Oh gotcha. Yeah best not to weigh yourself (or count calories). Just go by how you feel and look. But, i can pretty much guarantee that the long run affects of this little chocolate experiment of yours will not be a reflection of whatever short term benefits you received :)

7340d14f53aa54f1813f4796a7bc1b4c

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on May 13, 2013
at 09:11 PM

Yes could be cause of dehydration.

7340d14f53aa54f1813f4796a7bc1b4c

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on May 13, 2013
at 09:09 PM

Thanks for the reply. I don't use scale usually, the reason I did is because when I looked at myself in the mirror in the morning my face seemed slightly slimmer and stomach tighter, so I thought I weigh myself as I was surprised, I thought I'll be a bit puffy if anything.

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on May 13, 2013
at 09:02 PM

No. part of that 2 pounds is going to be just normal changes in water/glycogen stores. You would have to control for that. some of it, I guarantee, was added as fat mass. Because, if taken to the extreme, do that every day for a year and you'll be fat and/or skinny fat. Either way still fat. Also, can't you just tell without the scale whether or not you dropped or gained body fat? The scale is an absolutely useless tool unless you need it to "make weight" for an athletic event.

7340d14f53aa54f1813f4796a7bc1b4c

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on May 13, 2013
at 08:34 PM

In just one day?

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on May 13, 2013
at 08:26 PM

Congratulations! You've gained body fat and lost muscle mass!

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on May 13, 2013
at 09:41 PM

my weight can fluctuate up to 5 lbs in one day. it's not surprising if you had such a small amount of food. meat/veggies/fruits weigh more than a few bars of chocolate.

7340d14f53aa54f1813f4796a7bc1b4c

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on May 14, 2013
at 12:16 AM

up to 5 lbs wow!

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on May 13, 2013
at 08:42 PM

It may have just been water loss or waste. Chocolate and coffee are diuretics and stool softeners.

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on May 13, 2013
at 09:11 PM

Yes could be cause of dehydration.

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on May 14, 2013
at 01:03 AM

I would guess one of two things--or both: 1) PMS. 2) Magnesium deficiency.

Try increasing your magnesium intake and meanwhile see if the PMS theory plays out.

7340d14f53aa54f1813f4796a7bc1b4c

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on May 14, 2013
at 02:17 AM

My period ended a week ago so not PMS.

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on May 13, 2013
at 11:45 PM

Possible nutrient deficiency, and your body is sending you major signals! Possibilities: copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus. If you want to hunt it down, start with copper and magnesium.

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