I adore chocolate, so I haven't left it out in my quest for weight loss. (I know I would rebel if I tried to make myself stop eating chocolate entirely.)
The thing I used to have to have, every single day, was a 16-ounce hot cocoa for breakfast (or a mocha, if I was out at a Starbucks or something). Instead, I'm making frozen fruit smoothies, with lots of fruit and a little bit of chocolate -- chocolate flavored protein powder and nonfat chocolate yogurt. And I love it just as much, maybe more, because it gives me energy instead of robbing me of energy.
Instead of candy bars, I eat energy bars that have chocolate flavor, but aren't made with sugar; the one I like now is called a Pure Bar, it's like a walnut brownie, but it's made with just fruit, walnuts, and cocoa. That way the calories are at least carrying some nutritional value with them. The way I like to look at it, two tablespoons of chocolate chips is worth 140 calories with no other value; a Pure Bar has 200 calories, but good oils (walnuts), vitamins and fiber (fruit).
I find that I haven't craved chocolate bars, M&Ms, or anything like that, since I've been following the SparkPeople plan. I walk by them in the grocery store and think, "Why would anybody want that?" I do drink decaf coffee still, but I sweeten it with stevia powder, or sometimes sugar free caramel syrup if I'm in a mood for something sweeter.
Sorry for the long post. I hope this helps someone. I am for sure a girl with a sweet tooth, a total chocoholic, and even I've lost 20 pounds since starting on SparkPeople, so I know it can be done!
- 2/15/2009 1:22:04 AM