Are you feeling guilty for gorging on candy bars, but you can't seem to stop? Conquering an addiction to chocolate may not be as hard as you think.
Step 1: Eat single servings Switch to eating only single servings of chocolate, rather than just giving up chocolate completely. Going cold turkey can lead to strong cravings and binge eating. Back off on other sweets as well.
TIP: Chew mint or cinnamon gum after eating chocolate to get the taste out of your mouth and to make eating more chocolate right away less enjoyable.
Step 2: Take control Take control of your addiction. Don't just think of yourself as an addict with no control over your cravings. Be in charge of your own body.
Step 3: Find the connections Find out why you eat chocolate. If eating chocolate is connected to good memories, nurture those memories instead of using chocolate as a middle man. If it comforts you, then find comfort in friends and family.
Step 4: Eat fiber-rich foods Eat fiber-rich foods like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables for snacks. They will help keep you full between meals.
Step 5: Drink water and rest Drink water and get plenty of rest. The body confuses the need for both water and sleep with hunger.
Step 6: Walk Walk for a half hour every day. Much like eating chocolate, walking releases mood-enhancing hormones. Replacing your daily chocolate bars with a daily walk will help you conquer your addiction.
FACT: The classic period Maya, who lived from 250 to 900 CE, first consumed chocolate in the form of a frothy, spicy drink.