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Dark Chocolate?/ how long does this take?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created April 24, 2012 at 2:14 AM

Hi I've been doing paleo for a while and I haven't lost to much weight yet. And I'm not fat I'm pretty normal but I still want to improve. I was wondering how long it takes for some one to start to look improved? And if you occasionally eat a dessert with sugar, will that take you backwards? Also is dark chocolate paleo? Is it ok to occasionally have some dark chocolate?

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on April 24, 2012
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Only you can answer the question of what you can get away with and still see progress. Some are 80/20 and some are very strict. Chocolate is not "paleo', but it is "primal" and typically allowed on most paleo variants. It's a great source of magnesium and has a ton of different chemicals (much like coffee) which, on the whole, are postulated to be beneficial. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/why-you-should-eat-and-drink-high-cacao-dark-chocolate/#axzz1sxhU3ci3

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on April 24, 2012
at 03:00 AM

I have no actual expertise - but in my case even small "cheats" cheat me of the weight loss aspect. Eating even a little bit of dairy/sugar in a week causes me to retain weight, even if all the rest of my diet is paleo. As soon as I go 100%, I lose 20 lbs within a couple months. (As you can see, I've gone on and off it a few times... this isn't the case for everyone I know but it certainly is for me.)

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on April 24, 2012
at 07:24 AM

Choose only 85%-90%-99%. The 2best choice is dark chocolate with hazelnut for me even if it has got more sugar, take the bar with regular ingredients: mass cocoa, cocoa powder, sugar (don't worry about this 2-3 grams per serving), and soy lecithin (unfortunately).

I also use much more "raw cocoa powder" or "beans" on fresh fruit, baked apples and pear, into my morning organic milk shake.

If you don't have any problems with this wonderful superfood, eat it! Enjoy with light-heartedness because it's a present from ancient gods!

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on April 24, 2012
at 04:20 AM

Get some good 99% dark chocolate and be done with it (still eat it in moderation, even though it has a very low sugar content). Cost Plus has a great 99% dark chocolate (I buy entire boxes of it at a time, the wife and I love it). And for those that don't think a person could eat dark chocolate and lean out, wrong! Lol! I'm down 40+ lbs and the wife down closer to 50lbs (and steadily losing). Started Paleo/Primal eating February '12.

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on April 24, 2012
at 03:20 AM

Yes, most people here seem to find 85% or higher dark chocolate acceptable and beneficial.

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on April 24, 2012
at 10:25 AM

Try mixing two tablespoons organic cocoa powder with hot water made like hot cocoa. It's very good, kind of like a cross between coffee and hot cocoa. A friend of mine adds Truvia to her drink but I've gotten myself away from sweeteners and don't want to get back into that habit. I learned of this Cocoa Drink from Metabolic Effect and it really does help reduce cravings and give you the feeling that you had something yummy!

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at 03:50 AM

Sugary foods are my #1 avoidance when I'm interested in leaning out. Not only do I feel worse, I can see negative progress in the mirror. If you're strict the rest of the time, you can get by, but it does nothing but slow your progress. The speed at which you'll see results varies based on how lean you are now and how your diet is structured.

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