May 13 2014
Why is it that this is such a familiar scenario with us ladies, yet you very rarely see the men in the same boat? I’m not saying that our male counterparts are healthier, or even thinner, but when it comes to us women getting and staying in shape, our love…
Why is it that this is such a familiar scenario with us ladies, yet you very rarely see the men in the same boat? I’m not saying that our male counterparts are healthier, or even thinner, but when it comes to us women getting and staying in shape, our love for chocolate seems to be one of our biggest downfalls!
If we know why this happens, we can do something about it…so read this weeks blog to find out how you can put a stop to your chocolate cravings, and get well on your way to your bikini body.
Remember, summer is on it’s way! This is the first in a series of blogs aimed specifically for you ladies, to help you achieve that bikini body you’ve always wanted. Stay tuned for training and nutrition tips, even some training programs.
But today, click here to discover the tools you need to stick to your eating plan for good!
Chocolate and Blood Sugar Levels
The sugar and caffeine in chocolate raise your blood sugar levels. One reason women often crave chocolate is because your blood sugar levels have fallen too low. This could happen because you have not eaten enough food earlier in the day, so by mid afternoon you are beginning to experience an energy ‘crash’. Or it could be because you are used to eating a lot of processed and sugary foods, and your body relies on this ‘quick’ type of energy just to keep going.
Often, the women I meet eat diets that are far lower in protein than men, and it’s the protein in your diet that keeps you full during the day. If there is a lack of protein in your diet, it’s not unusual to feel low in energy or hungry in the afternoon.
Solution – Ensure you have well balanced meals earlier in the day, and always include some form of protein such as eggs for breakfast, and chicken or fish in a salad at lunchtime. Try not to leave big gaps between your meals, you should aim to eat every 4 hours.
Chocolate and Seratonin Levels
Eating chocolate has the feel good factor, because it increases levels of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that is responsible for feelings of well-being and enhanced mood. Many women experience lowered serotonin levels for around 7 days prior to their menstrual periods, which is one reason why women often have powerful cravings for chocolate. High levels of stress can also make us crave chocolate, as seratonin is also responsible for reducing anxiety.
Solution -Try to keep your stress levels in check by exercising regularly, and if you know you really crave chocolate before your period, make sure you have some other healthier snacks with you that you can nibble on. Beef jerky, or veggie sticks with peanut butter are easy snacks that require little preparation or storage.
So there you have it – there are a few scientific reasons why women find it harder to say no to chocolate than men, but they shouldn’t be excuses! Try some of the tactics above, and see how much better you manage to keep your chocolate cravings in check!