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Dark Chocolate and Weight Loss

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Created October 12, 2012 at 5:34 AM

Someone mentioned raising carbs from VLC to LC for lethargy. It worked. Vegetables for breakfast, lunch and dinner with protein. Wanted a dessert so had a poached pear with a little cream, 1 Tbl nuts, cinnamon, raw cacao powder, and 1 Tbl. Dakota 73 percent chocolate nibs. Total dessert: probably 25 carbs. This is a lot more than I am used to. Does dark chocolate help with weight loss?

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on October 13, 2012
at 04:44 AM

Thank you. No one has said this before.

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on October 12, 2012
at 11:45 PM

Do you have a source? Because it may effect people like speed but is that an actual dose of speed or 1/100000th of a dose?

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on October 12, 2012
at 11:16 PM

When I stop consuming both coffee and chocolate, I gain weight.

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D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

on October 12, 2012
at 10:01 PM

I lost 40 lbs eating chocolate regularly. Sure didn't stop me!

Context is also key, though. Eating dark chocolate kept me from eating larger portions of worse things. YMMV.

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on October 12, 2012
at 11:17 PM

When I stop consuming both coffee and chocolate, I gain weight.

3a289656a1aa8d487ebfbe24c359f146

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on October 13, 2012
at 04:44 AM

Thank you. No one has said this before.

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on October 12, 2012
at 09:53 PM

Hmmm. Would have to say it doesn't help, except that allowing yourself a bit of dark chocolate every day is satisfying, and might help you avoid/crave other sweets? I eat the equivalent of a 1/5 or a 1/4 of a bar every day after lunch, and at first it seemed a tiny amount, but now it seems just right.

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on October 12, 2012
at 02:42 PM

I agree that eating chocolate for weight loss is a non-starter. Cocoa fat is a nice saturated fat that can be good for you, but the sugar is definitely an addition that has the addictive effect on top of the feel-good chemicals already in the cocoa.

So.... I'd say keep it as a treat if you can moderate, and bump up the percentage cocoa as high as possible. 90% is quite delicious (Lindt makes it) and fairly low in sugar.

I also eat a 100% bar (not the whole thing) once in a while (cuz it's expensive) made by Pralus that you'd TOTALLY SWEAR was.... 99%. :-) Really, it's awesome in the same way that excellent espresso is awesome - complex, not bitter, but definitely not sweet.

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on October 12, 2012
at 12:20 PM

It is absolutely out for me. First of all it affects the brain the same way as speed/amphetamines so if you are a sugar addict etc it has an almost drug like effect on you. Hyper. Secondly if you are a chocolate addict it primes the pump and ensures your body never loses the desire for your addictive substance, like the alcooholic who could never have a tiny drink every afternoon for old time's sake. Also look at it - it's hardly something you'd pick from a tree. I've been to cacao plantations. What natural wild person would pluck that of and process it to be able to eat it? The Incas held it as a soup and gave it out as a treat because of its mental effects but it is not the sort of food which does most people much good.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 12, 2012
at 11:45 PM

Do you have a source? Because it may effect people like speed but is that an actual dose of speed or 1/100000th of a dose?

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Dc6407193ba441d1438f6f0c06af872b

on October 12, 2012
at 12:07 PM

Dark chocolate doesn't help with weight loss. But it sure is delicious!

Truthfully, for me I can eat a bar a day, which is bad. If you can manage a small amount as a treat, then it's part of your delicious range of healthy fats and it's fine. If it is, or becomes, a binge food, then you of course have to stay away. Even 73% has plenty of sugar if you eat too much, and if you work your way up to 100% (I have!), that still has plenty of calories. One of the joys of paleo is that many, myself included, don't need to count calories .. assuming no binging!

Anyway, I don't think of foods as helping with weight loss. I think of a healthy diet as helping with weight loss. Some foods promote a healthy diet and some don't. A little bit of dark chocolate can be part of that, but an excess of it wouldn't. Your particular physiology and psychology will dictate whether dark chocolate would work for you.

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on October 12, 2012
at 03:23 PM

It doesn't help. However, for most people (i.e. not bingers) it doesn't hurt either. For performance reasons, I'm fairly high carb compared to most people on here (all PWO at the end of the day, though), and I have no trouble maintaining body comp and weight at 5,000 calories including a baked potato and almost a whole bar of 90% chocolate a day.

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