Can you eat a chocolate bar everyday and still lose weight?
kbk1335 Posts: 67 Member
Just something I’ve really wanted to know: For example, if you eat a 250 calorie chocolate bar everyday single day, but still manage to overall be in a caloric deficit, can you still lose weight? Sound off below!
Well duh, yes it might not be the best choice nutrition wise if your calorie goal is low, but a calorie deficit is all it takes.
I eat treats everyday (could be chocolate, ice-cream, chips or other salty snacks) within my calorie goal and it hasn't stopped me from losing nearly 40lbs.6
Why wouldn't you? Is the thought that chocolate somehow has the ability to cancel out a calorie deficit?3
Yes. Even ice cream.2
You can eat anything and lose weight if you’re in a calorie deficit.5
Yes, but after you get going, you may not want to. If you still want to, go ahead.
But you may find you get more satisfaction eating another 100 calories of protein, another cup of salad, more veggies, and
Still have enough calories left for a chocolate kiss.
Or trade your one candy bar for one apple, one orange, a few crackers with cheese, and a mini chocolate chip cookie.
Yes you can, but what I've always found eating these less nutritionally balanced choices are , it either causes me to binge or it doesn't fill me up like Whole Foods do.2
I would by a chocolate at the beginning of the week and have a piece every night for dessert...
Did it for years when I was trying to really lose2
I've eaten some chocolate almost every day of my life. I prefer high-quality dark (70% cacao) pure chocolate with (perhaps) some unsalted mixed nuts on the side.
If you have trouble controlling how much you eat (of any item), you can
1) Ban that item from your house
2) Buy smaller servings of that item (Ghirardelli singles are a pretty good choice)
3) Make smaller "snack bags" with known calorie content to eat when needed. Put their ingredients as a "meal" in MFP.
Example of 3): .3oz 70% cacao chocolate + .5oz unsalted mixed nuts (123kcals). Weigh out servings and put in sandwich bags. This is a small snack in volume, but extremely satisfying. I will often have it with chamomile tea in the evening.3
250 calories in chocolate ? I wish I could 'afford' that daily3
bluej85 Posts: 16 MemberGet the fun sized chocolate bars. Last time I got seriously into calorie counting I lost 26 lbs while eating chocolate almost every day. I would budget myself up to 4 of the KitKats, coming out to 280 calories and refraining from a couple if I decided I'd rather squeeze in a few more calories from some other source. (It was a lot easier to do that with the smaller portions since if I open a full sized candy bar, my brain tells me I just HAVE to eat the whole thing...)4
250 calories in chocolate ? I wish I could 'afford' that daily
If someone's calorie goal is high enough that 250 calories of chocolate a day is reasonable for them and doesn't impact their nutritional needs, that means there is a lower number that would be appropriate for you. IMO, it's not really worth getting bothered about people out there who can eat a lot more than us -- it's easier just to figure out what *I* can eat and enjoy that.2
Get the fun sized chocolate bars. Last time I got seriously into calorie counting I lost 26 lbs while eating chocolate almost every day. I would budget myself up to 4 of the KitKats, coming out to 280 calories and refraining from a couple if I decided I'd rather squeeze in a few more calories from some other source. (It was a lot easier to do that with the smaller portions since if I open a full sized candy bar, my brain tells me I just HAVE to eat the whole thing...)
This- or the "minis" . For example Snickers is only 60 cals and its honestly the perfect amount to satisfy my craving.2
Diatonic12 Posts: 32,344 MemberYes, you can.
Throw all dieting dogma out the window. Rid yourself of food rules and regulations, those are mostly made by someone who wants to sell a dieting program to others using slick marketing tricks.
Create your own food management program. Do everything on your own terms. Stop listening to anyone tell you what you can do with foods you've always enjoyed and will continue enjoying for the rest of your life. Your tastes and personal preferences belong only to you.
Bottomline: We can to learn to moderate ourselves with foods. All foods. Until we learn this skill without slapping more food guilt on we will continue dieting and starting over for the rest of our lives. I'm not going out like that.
No one puts baby in a corner or tells me what I can or cannot eat. I'm through with all of it.
So learn to manage that chocolate bar like a boss. Let everyone else eat your dust because you will not be deterred. You will go on with or without the opinions of others telling you how to micromanage every bite you take and every move you make.
Take back your freedom and set yourself free from all food rules and regulations. They might work in the short term but they're useless for the long term. We will always go back to the foods we enjoy. Moderate those foods and manage the portions. Winning = long term stability with weight and foods.
I have a headband that says “I run for chocolate” because some days that treat is what gets me out the door I started with a fairly low calorie “budget” and would have a bag of mini snickers (80 caps each) in the freezer for an evening treat if I had enough calories left. Another thing I do is keep peanut M&M’s on hand and log 10 calories per piece... you just have to keep yourself honest and not sneak an extra few here and there because they do add up, and FAST!2
I have basically done this. Minus the days where I feel like something else like chocolate eggs or whatever.
Dropped 90 lbs.2
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