Can You Lose Weight and Still Eat Chocolates?

Kenn Kihiu Health Guide
  • Did you know that April is Chocolate Eaters Month?  Even though I think it should be October because of Halloween, but I digress.  The big question is can you still keep the weight off and still devour your Godiva Chocolates?  You will be surprised by the answer, but first lets get a few basics by asking the question are all calories created equal?


    There are many experts who state that all calories are created equal, but I always add that there are some calories that are more equal than others. (I love that phrase from the book animal farm) Not all fuels are created equal, hence, the intensity and voracity of heat or energy you get from burning crude oil is not the same as that from burning rocket fuel which is highly refined.  Some fuels burn easily and more quickly than others, similar to what happens inside the human body.  Your body loves refined sugar which is featured heavily in your chocolates.  The thing about sugar is that next to alcohol, your body will process it first before anything else, and if there is too much of it then it stores it as fat especially around your waist and hips.

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    My point is a sugar calorie from a cheesecake is not the same as a sugar calorie from your gala apples.  The more refined and processed the sugar, the quicker the body processes it, so it's either burned or stored in excess. So let's answer the question, can you lose weight and still eat chocolates?  The answer is yes, but...


    Keep it within your recommended number of calories. (Click here to use the calorie calculator to estimate the number of daily calories your body needs to maintain or lose weight)  Weight loss is pure mathematics.  Your body must burn more calories than you consume.  So if you are on a 1400 calorie diet, you might think you can afford a 300 calorie chocolate bar, but remember not all calories are created equal, your body will treat the 300 calorie chocolate bar like it's 500 calories and if you have the habit of eating chocolates on a consistent basis, you will be fighting a losing battle.


    This is my advice which works well for most of my clients.  Yes, it's not about making yourself miserable, enjoy the occasional chocolate snack, but make the right refined sugar calculations to stay within your estimated number of daily calories.  The refined sugar calculation involves multiplying your calories by 1.5.  Look at the nutritional label and if the chocolate bar says it's 200 calories multiply that by 1.5 (200 x 1.5) which is 300 calories. 


    It might just look like a mere reduction in 100 calories, but this will amount to a very large reduction in calories over a period of time which will lead to a sizeable decrease in body fat. Remember this is not a get out of jail free card. Refined sugar snacks have almost no nutritional benefit and they should be an occassional treat. But using my refined sugar calculation is how you can enjoy your godiva chocolates without having it show around your waist and hips.  


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    Move Your Body, Move Your Life

    Kenn Kihiu

Published On: April 20, 2008

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