Eating Chocolate Will Help You Lose Weight: Why Flexible Dieting Is The Best Way To Lose Weight

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I bet I got your attention with that headline. And in case you are too lazy to read the whole post: Yes, eating ‘bad foods’ like chocolate can help you lose weight. Notice that I said ‘can’. Chocolate isn’t a magic superfood that will make you drop pounds of fat overnight. Superfoods don’t exist and whether you believe in magic is up to you.
Despite chocolate not being magical it might still help you lose weight in the long-term. The reason I say that is because I am a big believer in what is called Flexible Dieting.

What is flexible dieting?

Flexible dieting is quite simple. It involves setting up your diet in a way that leaves you space for your favourite foods even if they aren’t usually considered diet-friendly. Generally you would set yourself daily macronutrient and calorie goals. Personally I recommend an even easier approach:
Simply count the amount of calories you eat. Don’t worry about macros because they won’t make that big of a difference when trying to lose weight. Of course if you want to get all the great benefits of flexible dieting you will have to track your food intake. Don’t worry it doesn’t take much time and is very easy to do  thanks to free apps like Myfitnesspal.

Why is flexible dieting the best diet method?

Let’s be clear: All diets that create a calorie deficit work to some extent. However the beauty of flexible dieting is that it is very easy to stick to. When you go on a restrictive diet that bans most of the food you love it becomes very hard to actually follow the diet for more than a few weeks.
You don’t run into this problem with flexible dieting. You get to make an informed decision about the foods you eat everyday. If you spend just a little time researching the number of calories in a food you can asses for yourself if it’s worth eating it or not. You’ll find it’s a lot easier to avoid over-eating when you know what’s in your food.

Flexible dieting gives you the freedom to make informed choices.

Flexible dieting doesn’t mean all you eat is junk food. You should still eat healthy foods. Often times they are more filling which will make dieting so much easier for you.
Also your health will suffer if you don’t get enough fruit and vegetables. I don’t like writing about eating healthy food because it isn’t necessary for losing fat. However it is important for your overall well-being. In the long-term you won’t be happy or healthy if you consume an unhealthy diet.
Unhealthy food in moderation is fine for your health and if it fits into your daily calorie allowance it won’t hurt your weight loss.

Flexible dieting isn’t for everyone.

Some people do better on very strict diets. For them it’s either 100% on diet or eating crappy food all the time. However if you are one of the people who prefers balance in life you should check out my guide to efficient weight loss.
In the guide to weight loss you’ll find out how to set up your diet and training for efficient weight loss. What I like about this method is it doesn’t require you to give up all the things you love in life. (Like some super-strict diet programs do.)

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