Can I lose weight and still eat chocolate?

(45 Posts)
Choccywoccydiddlyboo Tue 18-Jun-13 22:55:52

I have about 11 lbs to lose and have tried low carb, with some success in the short term.

I don't eat wheat because it seems to aggravate my IBS. However I do want to be able to eat a little chocolate. Giving it up completely just makes me crave it more and when I'm hormonal I lose all willpower and go on a chocolate eating spree, putting all the weight back on in a couple of days. I feel like a real failure and just get depressed, causing me to eat more chocolate!

I'm rubbish at counting calories. I need something easy but that still allows me to live my life. Low carb suited me because I like meat and veg, not bothered about pasta, potato, bread at all, don't eat cake, just want a small chocolate bar!

Any way I can diet like that? I don't want to attend meetings, there's nothing local.

Choccywoccydiddlyboo Tue 18-Jun-13 22:57:24

Sorry, I should add I hate sport and can't afford to join the gym, but I do walk my dog every day.

TwasBrillig Tue 18-Jun-13 23:02:56

Join us on couch to 5k? I still have a couple of squares of dark chocolate a day but I've got a lot more to lose than you!

Choccywoccydiddlyboo Tue 18-Jun-13 23:04:12

I'll have a look - just presumed it involved jogging/running?

TwasBrillig Tue 18-Jun-13 23:07:04

In very small doses. . . First week you walk 5 mins, jog for a minute, walk for 90seconds etc etc for half an hour. Sort of logging for those who don't like sport. But might not be your thing! I like that its free, can do anytime and I don't have to be social. Only a week in though!

Choccywoccydiddlyboo Tue 18-Jun-13 23:08:54

I can't run - haven't got the time or the knees for it (painful knees) and stress incontinence!

I'll just stick to my walking wink

cariadmawr Tue 18-Jun-13 23:12:22

Hi this is my first time on mumsnet but I am on slimming world really does work 1stone down loads to go but there we go still can have choc and crisps .

I lost 10 stone and ate chocolate every day. Just a wee funsize bar or small pack of maltesers that I kept to eat In my bed at night. It gave me something up look forward to.
Apart from that my best tip is to eat whatever you fancy but I. Smaller portions. Fill your plate with extra vegetables and salad and most importantly only eat when you are genuinely hungry.

Choccywoccydiddlyboo Tue 18-Jun-13 23:34:07

So I could take a fun sized choccie bar to work for my lunch every day?

Choccywoccydiddlyboo Tue 18-Jun-13 23:34:42

I don't know much about SW but it looks complicated?

If you'd prefer your choccie fix at lunch time then that's fine.

Choccywoccydiddlyboo Tue 18-Jun-13 23:44:47

I just need to get back to a point where I don't feel the urge to stuff myself with chocolate because I've not had it for so long! But where I feel happy just having a small piece. At the moment I never feel like the craving has been satisfied, if that makes sense.

TwasBrillig Wed 19-Jun-13 00:03:41

Wow mother! How did you lose 10 stone? You should write a book? Or a thread? Or something. I need to lose 6 and it seems like it will take forever.

Really easily actually TwasBrillig. I was 19 stone in my late teens. I left home and away from my mother's massive portions I was eating a lot less. I never really cut anything out.
Being a poor student I couldn't afford travel expenses so I started walking a lot more. By the time I got pregnant 9 months later I was 14 stone and 3 months after ds was born I found out I was pregnant again with my dd1.
I lost one more stone before finding out I was pregnant again 6 months later with dd2. I was down to 12 stone by the time I had dd3 5 years later and down to 9 stone 5 by the time she was 4.
My weight climbed back up to 11st 5 but I was happy with that as I was looking old and haggered as I always seem to lose it from my face and my collar bone sticks out.
I'm currently expecting again and eating far too much rubbish but I know the weihht will come off easily as soon as I start eating normally again.

CMOTDibbler Wed 19-Jun-13 14:11:42

I've lost nearly 4 stone and used www.foodfocus.co.uk which is free, but if I was starting again I'd use the myFitnessPal app.

Logging foods is really easy, so I set how much I wanted to lose, and stuck to my daily calories. So if i wanted chocolate, I could have it, but factored it into my limit - same with crisps which are my nemesis.

In September, I was wearing a 16 top, 14 bottoms, now I'm wearing a 10 top, 8 bottoms and feeling fabulous.

shelldockley Wed 19-Jun-13 14:18:48

I use myfitnesspal and have chocolate everyday, i can't not. My tip is to have good quality chocolate, I have dark chocolate or milk chocolate Green & Blacks, it satisfies my sweet tooth, without making me crave more. If I eat Cadburys, it makes me want more Cadburys, and more and more...

Scoobyblue Wed 19-Jun-13 14:24:57

Yes of course you can. Small portions of everything is the key. That way you don't crave forbidden foods and have treats to look forward to.

HeySoulSister Wed 19-Jun-13 14:25:04

sounds like a sugar craving dressed up as a 'chocolate' craving

EldritchCleavage Wed 19-Jun-13 14:27:08

Dark dark choc in small quantities, and not every day (I suggest) but maybe every other day, or a couple of times a week. With dark choc (esp the salted or chilli ones) you get a more intense chocolate hit that seems to satisfy cravings better.

Have you read The Idiot Proof Diet by India Knight and Neris Thoma? That is a low carb plan that factors in choc and alcohol (after the initial boot-camp phase) that I'm following with some success-after a hiatus (4 stone down, 2 to go).

Lollyheart Wed 19-Jun-13 14:29:08

Another slimming world member here. I've lost 11lb in 3 weeks doing it. It's rely easy to follow.
I ate loads of chocolate on Sunday but still lost 2 1/2 lb this week smile

Megsdaughter Wed 19-Jun-13 14:36:56

Lost almost 5 stone with MFP and I have chocolate whenever I want it.
I keep in the little mars bars and have one now and then.
Because know they are there and I can have one, I tend not to bother

Choccywoccydiddlyboo Wed 19-Jun-13 18:11:05

Thanks for all the replies smile

What's MFP?

I'll have a look at India and Nerys's book, didn't know it allowed chocolate, I thought it was just low carb.

Choccywoccydiddlyboo Wed 19-Jun-13 18:13:27

I don't think I could cope with entering everything on MyFitnessPal all the time, I'd forget and then not be able to remember what I had!

Choccywoccydiddlyboo Wed 19-Jun-13 18:13:59

CMOT, that's great, well done!

decaffwithcream Wed 19-Jun-13 18:25:25

If you like dark chocolate, peanut butter on dark chocolate is very rich and satisfies all sorts of cravings while being pretty low carb if the chocolate is proper dark stuff.

Also these truffles are just dark choc and double cream www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/dec/18/nigel-slater-classic-chocolate-truffles

Choccywoccydiddlyboo Wed 19-Jun-13 18:44:27

Thanks, Decaff, I love peanut butter, will try that. Any particular peanut butter? I don't like the stuff that is just nuts without fat/sugar.

decaffwithcream Wed 19-Jun-13 20:14:52

Sainburys basics brand is the lowest carb and has more oil than the other ones.

Choccywoccydiddlyboo Wed 19-Jun-13 20:20:34

Thanks smile

cariadmawr Wed 19-Jun-13 22:13:26

Hi again I'm disabled so can't exercise as such but honestly slimming world do much better than previously lost 3 lbs this week had some choc but crisps my down fall if I can't have would kill.to get them !!

Choccywoccydiddlyboo Wed 19-Jun-13 22:18:29

But what sort of stuff do you eat Cariad and are you often hungry? I don't eat carbs so can't fill up with pasta etc

cariadmawr Wed 19-Jun-13 22:36:23

Loads fruit and veg I struggle thinking about what to eat except for main meals and also you need to eat all meals no skipping which is what I tend to do . I've got about 4 stone more to go so not putting pressure as I seem to give up after about 2 months . I also need the group weighing rather than doing it on my own always have support from others who try something different and have variations on recipes that may suit

You can eat chocolate on a low carb diet - I eat 85% cocoa and above

CaptainSweatPants Thu 20-Jun-13 07:06:14

Don't want to sound mean but your posts are very I can't do this, I won't do that

I used to be like that too

But when you really want to lose weight you do what it takes

Eating chocolate every day isn't necessary & it isn't good for you

Choccywoccydiddlyboo Thu 20-Jun-13 08:09:41

I'm just being realistic. I have tried to cut all sweet things out completely and succeeded for a while. But stress and hormones have that effect on me and I'm just looking for a way to incorporate a little chocolate when I like instead of losing the plot and stuffing myself because I feel I can't have any. This is what has been happening for the past half year. I lose half the weight I want to lose then hormones/stress kick in and I stuff myself and put it back on.

Thanks for the advice but I'm not looking for criticism, just wondering how others incorporate treats and still lose weightsmile I'm hoping for damage limitation! wink

HoobleDooble Thu 20-Jun-13 08:21:13

I'm on WeightWatchers and have a chocolate biscuit or small bar most days, for example, a Time Out sinle finger bar is only 2 points (out of a daily allowance of 30 PLUS 49 weekly points it really isn't much!).

As long as it's a small, measured amount, and you're not inhaling pies, pizza or fried/cheese laden food at every meal, it doesn't hurt.

Choccywoccydiddlyboo Thu 20-Jun-13 09:33:28

Thanks. I hope that if I know I can have SOME chocolate, I won't crave it as much. I know it's just in my head.

EldritchCleavage Thu 20-Jun-13 10:12:50

I agree with HeySoulSister it's most likely a sugar craving, but chocolate is your favourite sugar delivery system (and mine!).

I don't buy a full size bar. If you buy it, you eat it. I buy tiny ones, usually when I'm out, and just have that. It helps to break ALL your habits, so if you used to sit and have choc in front of the TV in the evening, avoid eating it then as it reinforces your habit.

Eating cinnamon is apparently supposed to help quell sugar cravings, and I do find eating highly flavoured stuff generally (curry etc) seems to help.

cariadmawr Thu 20-Jun-13 10:13:39

Don't be hard on yourself about the choc we are all different and knowing you " should not have " makes me want more if I go gun hoe and get so serious about it that's it I lose track . I also didn't mention that I was on a diet or going to class to anyone apart from my dh for first month when I had lost a stone so there was no extra pressure to lose every week I ate choc at easter missed club for week but still lost 9 lbs the second week !

Shodan Thu 20-Jun-13 10:25:17

Do you drink diet drinks at all? I noticed I was having wicked chocolate cravings when I drank them.

Actually I was very bad- for a long time I drank about 1 1/2 litres of Pepsi Max a day ! Then I switched to flavoured water (which still has sweetener in) and then after a few weeks to plain water.

Result- no more chocolate cravings. I have some occasionally- maybe twice a week? But really don't feel the urge mostly.

3Rules Thu 20-Jun-13 10:29:31

Hi Choccy,
Yes - is the answer! See my thread re 3 rules... Very simple, and its working. Slowly for me, but I'm not being very strict on rule 1 (too many occasions to eat cake!) But I can't be doing with calorie counting, and am too lazy busy for much exercise.
Logging what i eat has also been helpful, as I've become aware of all those little extras!
Hope this helps.
3rules

Choccywoccydiddlyboo Thu 20-Jun-13 10:51:44

No, I don't drink diet drinks, never have done. Just decaff coffee black, no sugar, or water. My only vice is chocolate. I love crisps but try to stay away from them.

Octopus37 Thu 20-Jun-13 12:28:56

Yes, you can eat chocolate and lose weight, just reduce the amount. Personally I think that chocolate does have some nutritional value, some vitamins and iron. My tip would be to keep a food diary and work out what you can do without and how you can reduce calories, without depriving yourself completley. I can do without crisps (haven't eaten any for two months now and don't miss them) but could not do without chocolate, cakes and the occasional drink. Also think that takeaways can be factored in. I'm certain that Nigella hasn't given up chocolate and she is my inspiration, when it comes to food management anyway. If you tell yourself you are allowed some chocolate it takes the pressure and failure factor away. Good luck.

Choccywoccydiddlyboo Thu 20-Jun-13 13:46:49

Thanks octopus. I know what you mean about Nigella, but she is naturally curvy in all the right places and very attractive, whereas I have no curves, just almost a stone I need to lose to look ok - hopefully! smile

Reastie Thu 20-Jun-13 13:54:32

hi, I've lost over 5.5 stone in the past year or so and I eat chocolate daily! The trick is the first taste of chocolate is the best. I did food science at uni and was taught this as fact! It's something to do with the melting temp of choc being the same as body temp. Each additional mouthful of chocolate you have you're looking to get the initial buzz but every time this gets less and less. Honestly, think about it this way when you eat chocolate and it's true! I eat 1 - 4 cubes of chocolate a day and savour each bit. I also have a high % cocoa chocolate as it's stronger and richer and you can't eat too much doesn't stop me trying though - the 85% cocoa stuff is great. I also have a low kcal hot choc at lunch to keep my choc cravings at bay.

Choccywoccydiddlyboo Thu 20-Jun-13 14:26:48

Ooh that's interesting Reastie. Thanks.

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