Can you REALLY eat chocolate every day and stay healthy? Dietitians answer the frequently asked question – and share a simple trick to feel full from less
- Dietitians Susie Burrell and Leanne Ward Revealed Whether Eating Chocolate Is Healthy
- They said you can eat it, provided it’s your only soul food every day
- Their trick is to remember that the greatest pleasure you get is in the first few squares
- The dieticians treat themselves to the brand they love the most and eat consciously
Dietitians Susie Burrell and Leanne Ward revealed whether you can enjoy chocolate every day and still be healthy and lose weight, and their answer may surprise you.
The nutritionists appeared on their weekly podcast The food bank to explain that a little chocolate every day is fine as long as it’s your only soul food.
The key to eating chocolate properly, Leanne and Susie said, is to tune in to your hunger when you eat it and remember that two or three pieces taste the same — if not better — than 10 pieces.
Dietitians Susie Burrell and Leanne Ward (pictured) have revealed whether you can enjoy chocolate every day and still be healthy and lose weight, and their answer may surprise you
“If you’re someone who has just eaten and you’re craving chocolate, chances are you’re not that hungry,” Leanne said in the podcast.
“I always tell my clients to remember that one piece tastes the same as 10 pieces, and the satisfaction you get from eating chocolate is generally greatest in the first two to three squares.”
The dietician’s trick is to turn down the TV while enjoying your chocolate and really “taste” it carefully without distraction so you know you’re enjoying it and don’t just inhale it without thinking.
“Train yourself to get pleasure from eating less, instead of playing brain games where you avoid it, limit it, and then binge eat,” Susie said.
“I also always spend a little more on chocolate to get the things I really like and get the most satisfaction from.”
The key to eating chocolate well is to tune in to your hunger when you eat it and remember that two or three pieces taste the same – if not better – than 10 pieces (stock image)
The dieticians (both in the picture) said they eat chocolate every few days, but try to eat it in moderation and choose the brands they love the most to enjoy
Susie agreed that a little bit of chocolate every day isn’t bad for you, but the key word to remember is moderation.
“Try to be a good regulator of what you eat and limit yourself to a few rows at a time,” she said.
“It’s important to remember that if you’ve chosen chocolate as your soul food, you won’t get all the others, like dessert and wine.”
She said remember that the more you have, the more you will want and the more your body will crave the daily Mars Bar at 4pm.
“If you’re someone who eats too much of sweet foods, I’d seriously consider quitting chocolate, to reset your brain so you’re not constantly looking for it,” Susie added.
“You may need a week or two cold turkey to remind yourself how much fun you can get from eating little.”