The Chocolate Cake Diet

The Chocolate Cake Diet

Chocolate is often referred to in weight loss diets as a food to avoid. However, if we tame the beast and find out what makes it so fattening, it can be part of your weight loss diet.

If we have a limited budget to live on, we know what to buy and what not to buy. It’s the same with our diet. The occasional treat is not going to break the bank, unless it becomes a regular indulgence.

What Makes Chocolate Cake So Fattening?

The calorie content of a typical chocolate cake is relatively high at around 380kcals for a very small 100g portion, and 570kcals for a more realistic 150g portion, but this is still less than fruit cake, which is often regarded as a healthier option. Nevertheless, choosing the smaller portion is the key to weight loss, because it is much easier to compensate for the extra 380kcals within a 1500kcal daily weight loss diet by reducing calorie intake elsewhere and stepping up the exercise routine.

The Problem With Burning Off Surplus Calories

Losing weight by exercise alone is a tough task; one needs to control calorie intake as well. For example,

  • That second 100g portion of chocolate cake weighing in at a modest 380kcals represents approximately 60 minutes steady walking based on an 80 kilogram person walking at three miles per hour on a flat surface (1).
  • To save time, try jogging at six miles per hour for just 35 minutes, but this does not suit everyone.
  • An alternative is to scrub a floor for approximately 45 minutes, but its probably easier to avoid that second piece of cake!

The conversion of consumed calories to energy via exercise is not as easy as one might think. Even worse is the problem of over compensation after exercise. One extra snack could easily reduce that hard earned calorie deficit to zero and send you back into the red. The body continues to metabolise at a higher rate for some time after exercise, so try to delay eating for a while but remember to rehydrate (2).

The Importance of Exercise for Weight Loss

If it is so difficult to lose weight by exercise, why bother?

  • Firstly, cardio-vascular fitness will improve over several weeks, which helps general health, raises basal metabolic rate and increases muscle mass. Remember that muscle tissue weighs slightly more than fat, so some weight loss may be masked by those extra leg or arm muscles, but only if this the body is a really working out.
  • Secondly, exercise will make the body more efficient at burning off some of the calories even if the diet is still a bit chaotic. Every little helps.
  • Finally, there is the social networking angle. By sharing an activity with others who have the same aim, dieters are more likely to achieve their goal than if they were working independently. Joining a club, gym or activity group stops it being just a paper exercise. And then we can all enjoy a sliver of chocolate cake afterwards…
Categories: Diet, Fitness, Health, Nutrition