Portion Control Eating – How You Can Eat Chocolate and Stay Healthy

The best aspect of portion control eating is that you can eat from each of the major food families and even indulge in foods that would normally be banned from other diets. In doing this however, make sure you carefully consider the size of your food portions.

Consider also the type of food you eat regularly. Remember not to completely eliminate whole food groups or even special treats from you weekly menu. Consistently depriving yourself of foods you love will diminish your ability to lose weight and sustain this weight loss. Portion control eating is the long term solution to this and you CAN eat chocolate!

The secret to including chocolate in your diet today includes knowing about it! The size of chocolate bars has increased ten fold since they were first introduced on to the market. This means that you now need to take special notice of how much chocolate there is in each bar these days and how much of that you can afford to eat.  If you eat the right size portion of chocolate you will be able to satisfy your craving for something as decadent and still stay healthy. 

Foods we enjoy indulging in like chocolate, donuts, cookies, ice cream and cakes can feature occasionally on your menu when you are prepared to eat with restraint. Every now and then you can eat a small slice of cake or a small donut or even a small serve of chocolate chip ice cream without adding additional weight or damaging your health. Yes this can be part of your life if you limit the size of your portions.

You probably won’t lose weight after indulgences like this but then again, you are not likely to gain weight either. It’s only when the size of your portions or the regularity of special indulgences like these increase that you find yourself in trouble. So to maintain a healthy weight you can eat anything you enjoy as long as you restrict the size of your food portions.

If you regularly eat unlimited portions of foods like these you will gradually gain weight and potentially become unhealthy. But if eating caloric foods like these is something you do in moderation, you can maintain a healthy body. If you crave a thin slice of carrot cake one. But just make it one!  Don’t eat several slices when you are really hungry.  Know that they are a special treat when you eat them. One slice if cake won’t make you gain weight but more than this is likely to.

Remember too to look out for that packaged sweet food. Cookies, donuts, pastries, and other desserts all contain transfats and saturated fats because they are cooked in these oils and we should avoid them at all costs!

So chocolate is an option for you in a portion control eating plan – a small amount on infrequent occasions. Instead of chocolate consider other alternatives that are sweet and give you the sugar ‘kick’ you crave. Fruit or low-fat yogurt are delicious and can be an alternative to high-fat desserts. But if it’s chocolate that you really want, make sure you eat a small amount and savor it!!