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Although weight loss requires a calorific deficit – to lose 2lbs a week we need to eat 500 calories less than we need each day – sustainability welcomes treats here and there, as does your sanity.
There is also an element of keeping your inner chimp happy. This chimp is your Stone Age inheritance, the part of your brain that doesn’t understand supermarkets or diets. She’s an emotional being, subject to moods, but also doesn’t like being starved or deprived for long periods. Your chimp interprets these times of prolonged or extreme hunger as threat and stress, so wants to hold on to fat. There are physiological responses to restrictive diets that make this happen in humans.
So some treats here and there will keep both you and the chimp happy. Provided you are reasonably careful for the rest of the day, and eat reasonably well most of the time, these treats will keep you sane while not derailing any weight loss quest. They will also keep up hope and sustainability. The less calories that they contain the better too. So here’s 20 chocolates under 200 calories for you to have…sparingly!