Well, this is the creation of British diet author and editor Sally Ann Voak, who promises that you can follow this diet and lose 7 pounds in two weeks.
Voak produced this plan to break your addiction to chocolate. When you are told to avoid it at all costs on a diet, she believes this creates an increased desire for it. When dieters eventually give in to their cravings, they may overindulge (eat an entire box of bon-bons) which leads to guilt and failure to follow the diet any further.
The author believes if you can break your addiction to this tasty treat, you can then gradually slip it back into your regular healthy diet plan.
She divides chocolate addicts into six different categories. Based upon what category you fall into, a strict eating plan is laid out for you.
The six categories include:
- Sugar Addicts-Obtain most of their daily calories from carbohydrates and may eat it as an energy booster when feeling tired.
- Weekend Indulgers-Use weekends or celebrations as an excuse to overindulge in it.
- Comfort Eaters -Eat it when they are feeling tired or stressed. This is the most common type.
- Romantics -Often single people who use it as a substitute for physical and emotional affection.
- Secret Bingers-Eat it in secret or hide it in unusual places.
- Premenstrual Cravers-Women who overindulge in it only at certain times during their monthly cycle.
On this diet you will avoid eating chocolate altogether your first week. From then on, you’ll be allowed to eat about 150 calories worth of the treat a day.
This is actually just another low calorie diet with a sweet twist.
The meal plans provide 1000 calories per day in week one and 1200-1300 per day for week two and beyond. Men can have an extra 300 calories per day.
The plans vary for each category but in general include a 250-calorie breakfast, one or two small meals of around 300 calories, and one main meal of around 400 calories.You may eat an assortment of vegetables (as many as you want!)
- It makes dieting much easier for most people
- Promotion of plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- Includes a variety of foods that help avoid dieter boredomCons:
- Low calorie diets are very hard to stay on.
- This plan is a short term solution.
- Only applicable to those individuals who like chocolate.
The Chocolate Diet will undoubtedly help those dieters who suffer chocolate cravings. It also promotes the eating of vegetables and incorporates exercise. However, it may not be helpful to dieters who are not addicted to chocolate and the low number of calories will be very hard for most people to live with.
It serves its purpose and has many positives.