Remember to enjoy pure dark chocolate rather than its watered down cousin, milk chocolate, or the impostor, white chocolate. The flavonoids contained in dark chocolate have been shown to help reduce blood pressure. The antioxidants contained in the chocolate decrease your bad cholesterol, while increasing the good. Just be sure to choose chocolate that contains at least 70 percent cocoa to maximize the benefits. While it may be exciting to learn that dark chocolate has health benefits, that doesn't give one free reign to go overboard with this food that is high in calories.
Do not make eating dessert an important part of your eating plan if you are trying to lose weight. Make dessert a special treat that you only have a time or two a week.
Breakfast should contain both protein and carbohydrates. That's because your body is depleted of its carbohydrate stores in the morning and needs to be replenished with carbohydrates in order for your body to function at its optimal level. The combination of carbohydrate and protein sets the stage for good nutrition because they activate body systems to act as they should.