Chocolate diet - a meal plan, aimed at reducing weight, which includes daily consumption of chocolate. However, in limited quantities.
The invention relates to a chocolate classical period in the history of the Maya. They learned how to cook from the fruit of the cocoa chocolate drink. The process begins with the collection, fermentation and roasting of the beans. Then, the beans were ground and mixed the powder with water, chili and corn flour.
In the 15th century the Maya and Aztecs used this bitter drink in religious and court ceremonies. Christopher Columbus wrote that the Aztecs used cacao beans as money. He brought some cocoa beans to Europe and, later, other researchers have brought the recipe for which of the grains could make a drink. In Spain, it began to cook, adding cinnamon and sugar; this drink for a century remained a Spanish secret.
Then it gradually began to recognize in other European countries, but it is a long time remained very expensive, affordable only for members of the upper stratum of society.
After the industrial revolution of the nineteenth century that changed. Mass production allowed to reduce the price of products from cocoa, including a solid chocolate.
Another important milestone in the history of chocolate refers to 1875, when Henri Nestle and Daniel Peter learned how to make milk chocolate by adding condensed milk chocolate.
Cocoa beans of approximately 50% are composed of fat; 100 g of chocolate contains about 500 calories and 30 grams of fat. Calories, of course, contribute to weight gain, but the fats that are in chocolate, but raise cholesterol levels. Cocoa butter, which is a component of chocolate, comprises oleic acid, which relates to monounsaturated fats.
Chocolate also contains caffeine, theobromine and phenylethylamine. The last of these substances causes a feeling similar to that which a person experiences when falling in love.
The cocoa beans also have flavonoids functioning as Antioxidants
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. Flavonoids relaxes blood vessels, improving blood circulation. Antioxidants help prevent cancer, heart disease, stroke,
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. The dark chocolate contains more flavonoids than milk. Cocoa content in dark chocolate should be no less than 70%.
Traditionally, it was thought that chocolate promotes weight gain and an increase in fat mass. However, in the late twentieth century, scientists began to investigate the effect of chocolate on health and concluded that the benefits of this product is much more than harm. Soon there were a weight loss diet, which includes chocolate.
Standard chocolate diet plan looks like this:
- Breakfast - fresh fruit, fruit salad or cereal porridge low-fat milk and strawberries, 30 grams of chocolate
- Snack - popcorn or fruit, and 30 g of chocolate
- Snack - a salad, or whole-grain pasta. Sauce for pasta should be without meat of low fat and no nitrates.
- Lunch - fettuccini with garlic sauce, pasta with salad or vegetables, steamed
- Evening snack - a handful of popcorn or fruit, and 30 g of chocolate
During this diet you need every day to drink at least 1.5 liters of water and to give up caffeine, sugar, fatty foods, red meat and fatty dairy products, nuts and seeds.
It is believed that chocolate improves mood, allows a person a long time to think about food, and if necessary rapidly suppresses hunger. The day should eat no more than 100 grams of chocolate.
For the diet is suitable only dark chocolate - and the darker, the better (you can try to find in stores tiles, which contain 90% cocoa - this exquisite delicacy and a real boost of antioxidants).
Instead of popcorn you can eat dry bread, but instead of pasta, such as brown rice.
The diet should not last more than two weeks. In the second week, you can start eating small amounts of hard cheeses and low-fat cottage cheese.