4 Ways Chocolate Will Improve Your Fitness!

4 Ways Chocolate Will Improve Your Fitness!

What if I told you that a key reason your workouts are under performing is due to a lack of chocolate?

While workout programs and nutrition make a big difference to your fitness, if you start your journey with an unrealistic meals plan, you won’t reach your big fitness goals.

I know what you’re thinking. Chocolate may seem like a guilty pleasure for fitness, but there are 4 ways you can fine tune your chocolate consumption to gain amazing health and fitness benefits .

That's right... 4 ways.

If applied correctly you can improve your overall health and your workout energy.

So, whether you’re currently eating chocolate or on a meal plan, make sure you follow these 4 steps.

Chocolate Health Benefits

Dark chocolate has tones of nutrients that can improve your health.

Not to mention, it’s one of the richest sources of antioxidants in the world.

Let's take a look at the health benefits of 70%-80% dark chocolate:

  • Dark chocolate is chock-full of antioxidants and flavanols, vitamins and nutrients that improve health
  • Some of these vitamins and nutrients are – Fiber, Potassium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Magnesium & Iron.
  • The flavanols in dark chocolate lowers resistance to blood flow and reduces blood pressure.
  • It contains an abundance of powerful antioxidants that make it into the bloodstream.
  • Studies have shown it’s antioxidants reduce bad cholesterol (LDL).
  • Another study showed that consuming dark chocolate 5+ times per week lowered the risk of cardiovascular disease by 57%.
  • Consuming dark chocolate 5 days a week can improve blood flow to the brain and reduce the risk of brain disease.

Various studies have shown that there is no downside to consuming dark chocolate.

Long term consumption of dark chocolate will only improve your overall health and well being.

Chocolate Improves Workouts

Do you ever feel that you’d benefit from a little energy boost before a workout?Reconsider that afternoon or pre-workout coffee!

The seeds of a Cacao tree are powerful in nutrients but they are also powerful as a stimulant.

The active alkaloid found within the seeds is a stimulant known as theobromine.

Although theobromine itself does not contain caffeine, it’s resultant stimulation of the heart and nervous system has similar effects to those of caffeine.

The levels of theobromine in dark chocolate stimulates the nervous and cardiac systems making it a great pre-training snack.

Also the levels of phenylethylamine acts as an antidepressant making your workouts and nutrition so much sweeter.

Theobromine is unlikely to keep you awake at night as the amount of caffeine is very small compared to that found in coffee.

To hit these levels of stimulation look for a more pure form found in 70% dark chocolate... get the hit without the bitterness!

Make dark chocolate your next pre-training snack to take your energy and cardio to the next level.

Stops Your Cravings

Ever started a meal plan that was unrealistic?

Then one or two week into your fitness kick you find yourself binging on life's guilty pleasures!

Sound familiar... this is where chocolate comes in.

A realistic meal plan including dark chocolate can stop those cravings and boost your workout energy.

I know what your thinking... That you should stay off chocolate to reach your big goals.

This is where portion-sized pleasures, that are nutritionally balanced will stop you blowing out the calories.

Check out this Chocolate Brownie from Starbacks.

Starbuck Brownie
At 410 calories, that’s the equivalent to one of my tummy-filling, full of flavour main meals, in a mouth full!

That's a whopping 410 calories and 220 calories from the fat!

Now take a look at these brownies taken from my meal plans:

Dark Chocolate Brownies
Dark Chocolate Brownies don't have to be a flavourless, calorie blow-out treat.

Wow!... that's a huge difference, only 133 calories and 72 calories from the fat.

With only 1/3 of the energy and less fat you can have one every day!

Now that's a realistic meal plan with full flavour and nutritionally balanced chocolate pleasures.

Try them for yourself!

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Deepen Flavours & Improve Nutrients

Spaghetti Bolognese & Chili Con Carne recipes
Spaghetti Bolognese & Chili Con Carne flavours are enhanced by dark chocolate

Most the time chocolate is thought of as a sweet snack but it is the sugar that makes chocolate sweeter.

The bean itself is bitter, so the more pure the chocolate, the more bitter the taste.

This is why I choose 70% dark chocolate for that beautiful mix of slightly sweet but not too bitter taste.

Dark chocolate is similar to fine wine, it has an amazingly complex flavour and deep aromas.

Chocolate can act as an emulsifier, adding a natural thickness to sauces.

It wonderfully compliments saucy beef and chili dishes to enhances the other flavours.

For this reason it is a favourite in many of my deep flavoured Italian and Mexican dishes.

In Summary

Dark chocolate has huge benefits to your health and fitness

  • It is a great source of antioxidants and flavanols, vitamins and nutrients
  • It can lower blood pressure.
  • It can decrease the risk of heart disease.
  • Daily consumption can stop unwanted cravings by including it in a fitness meal plan.
  • It will deepen the flavours in your favourite sauces.
  • It is a great pre-training stimulant and cardio enhancer.

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