The perennial question lingers in many minds: Does chocolate make you fat?

In this article, we’ll delve into this common query and address related concerns like, “Will chocolate make you fat?” and “Why am I getting sugar cravings?”

Let’s talk in facts on these questions and discover how you can enjoy chocolate without compromising your health goals.

Will chocolate lead to weight gain?

1. Caloric Balance: Decoding the Impact of Chocolate on Your Weight

Are you wondering, “Does chocolate make me fat?” The answer lies in understanding caloric balance. Your Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE) determines how many calories your body burns daily based on your activity level. Contrary to popular belief, weight gain isn’t about the type of food but rather the quantity. We can teach you how incorporating a chocolate bar into your daily intake can align with your caloric goals, ensuring you maintain the right balance.

2. Macronutrients and Chocolate: A Nutrient Perspective

In meeting your body’s calorie goal you need macronutrients – protein, fats & carbs. A chocolate bar is predominantly fat and carbs so it has the same potential to meet these targets as a banana & almond combination. The only difference being the micronutrient intake, which does not prohibit fat loss but rather requires the rest of the food choice for that day to be more nutrient dense.

3. Addressing Sugar Cravings: The Connection to Chocolate

If you’ve been asking yourself, “Why am I getting sugar cravings?” and if these cravings are leading you to chocolate, understand the science behind them. We have a whole blog you can read up on here about why you may be experiencing sugar cravings.  A balanced approach prevents the temptation to overindulge in weekly binges, safeguarding your progress while satisfying your sweet tooth.

4. Flexibility and Indulgence: Balancing Chocolate in Your Diet

If you have a restrictive diet which doesn’t allow for your favourite foods in moderation instead crams them in one day a week or a binge – it may be calorically more effective for you to incorporate a daily chocolate bar for sanity, balance & calorie control assurance as opposed to counteracting a weeks deficit in one day. (Yes – your weekly cheat meal has the ‘potential’ to ruin a week’s progress). If you’ve hit your essential macro & micronutrient targets (so you’ve hit your protein, and fibre & may not have had as many carbs or fats as your calories allow for), does it not make sense that you’re able to take from your caloric allowance & not bust your budget?

Have the chocolate bar. Science allows for it & you deserve balance.

Want to understand more about what your body requires to achieve your goals? Want to see the foods you love incorporated in a balanced and moderated meal plan that achieves results without you missing out?

Equalution is the diet that doesn’t feel like a diet, your individual targets are strategically calculated in order to reach your goals and a tailored meal plan is provided meeting these needs with the foods you love. Enjoy 80% wholefood 20% soul food and have your own personal nutrition coach guide you along the way!