I Lost Weight on the Chocolate Diet

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I Lost Weight on the Chocolate Diet When Dr. Will Clower tells me I can lose weight on a veritable IV drip of chocolate-eating it six times a day-I look at him like he's Cady Heron shilling Kalteen bars. And when I buy a bar of the chocolate I need for this experiment, I'm convinced. It's thick, but it's the size of my TV remote and 700 calories. I can see the punchline already: "I tried a chocolate diet and gained 2.4 pounds, because obviously." Except I didn't. Instead, I adopted this asinine-sounding program, and I lost weight, snacked less, ate healthier, and slept better. I know I sound like the smug, sing-song-y women in those Yoplait ads-Is that the key lime pie diet?!-but, well, yeah. It worked. Here's how it went down. Preparing I sit down with Dr. Will Clower, whose new book, Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight, set off this harebrained scheme. ECLW is almost 300 pages, but the kicker is this: You can eat whatever you want during meals, but you forego other snacks and sweets in favor of starting and ending each meal with a small piece of very dark chocolate. Every meal-yes, including breakfast-needs a "starter" and an "ender" of dark chocolate, specifically the high cocoa content kind (70% cocoa or above). According to Dr. Clower, the cocoa speeds up your basal metabolic rate while triggering satisfaction signals in your brain, so you want to eat less during your meals (hence, the starter) and snack less between them (hence, the ender). Also helpful: High cocoa content chocolate has much less sugar than its lower cocoa counterparts, so while you feel like you're eating something sweet constantly, your blood sugar doesn't spike. Once I've digested the plan, the Doc recommends Green & Black's dark chocolate as the "least bitter-tasting" variety, and I'm on my way. That night I go to Whole Foods and buy four bars of high cocoa chocolate-three Green &

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