The dark chocolate diet
I went for a long walk with my husband and son this morning, and realised that I’m feeling much fitter and healthier than I was a year ago. In January 2011 I started following the Weight Watchers ProPoints programme, using the WeightWatchers iPhone app.
I was worried that dieting would be a miserable experience but instead it actually helped me rediscover my tastebuds. I started to realise that if I was eating less, I needed to ensure that I got maximum ‘bang for my buck’ from everything I ate.
In particular, I stopped eating cheap milk chocolate and switched to 70% cocoa dark chocolate. For the last year I have bought 100g bars of dark chocolate to stash in my handbag for any time I fancied a chocolate hit, so that I wouldn’t be tempted by the milk stuff. I find that a relatively small quantity of dark chocolate is very satisfying, so a 100g bar will last 3-5 days. Whereas I used to be able to wolf down 100g of milk chocolate in a single day.
The other thing about doing Weight Watchers was that I could gain additional ProPoints for being active, so I started to walk a lot more. I work on a large university campus and I started walking between meetings instead of using the free bus. Also my house is at the top of a hill, so if I walk to the town centre it is an uphill walk home.
In the summer, I was lent a pedometer for five weeks and this encouraged me to do even more walking. My weight, measurements and body fat percentage were measured at the beginning and end of the five weeks and the body fat percentage had improved dramatically. So I kept on walking, every chance I got.
And I’ve kept on eating the dark chocolate and walking, long after I stopped tracking ProPoints, and my weight has stayed at goal. And this year I begin a New Year feeling good. So no New Year’s resolutions for me this year, except to carry on doing what I’m doing and carry on enjoying life.