You may or may not know this, but right now I’m in the middle of a 40 Day Diet Challenge featured in the Wild Diet book. The promise is that in these 40 days if you follow the diet, you’ll lose 20lbs (current status: after 19 days I’ve lost 11lbs and one pant size).
Over the first 15 days or so I had cut out all wheat, desserts, etc like the diet says. The only exceptions I made were for rice and sweet potatoes, since I can’t eat only meat and vegetables. I just don’t like veggies that much.
The first week I lost 8lbs. Yeah! The second week I yo-yo’ed up and down and landed on a pound lost. It was getting really difficult to stay motivated because I kept thinking of all the foods I wanted, but wasn’t eating until the 40 days were over. It’s pretty discouraging to have pretty much no progress, but I told myself I needed to continue forward because even if I didn’t lose weight, the benefits were going to be worth it.
Then I remembered.. this diet includes chocolate! So I tore open my book and went to the challenge section where it talks about eating dark chocolate above 70% cacao. It says to promise not to eat the whole bar in one sitting, just a square at a time. I can do that! I went to the store, got a bar of Ghirardelli, and stuck it in the freezer (like all chocolate, it tastes best frozen).
Once I introduced the chocolate (2-3 times a day, just a square), my cravings became tolerable and my weight started going down again! This revelation was so exciting I decided I needed to share it with you. If you’re like me and have a negative relationship with food, I suggest only swearing it off for the first week, then reintroducing it once you’re no longer addicted to sugar.