When anxiousness makes you eat chocolate more than you should - Needing advice on how many calories should i eat per day

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    Sep 03, 2014 3:54 AM GMT
    would it be too bad if I ate a bar of chocolate on every morning, plus an average of 7 cups of coffee with any amount of sugar, and of course, a tempting chocolate cookie which i could enjoy at night? What if im a chocoholic? What kind of advice would you give me? (I might eat more chocolate over the day) icon_rolleyes.gif

    Actually, i do excercise on a daily basis. At least, it helps me control my weight which is in an acceptable level.
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    Sep 03, 2014 3:57 AM GMT
    2000 calories or less
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    Sep 03, 2014 3:59 AM GMT
    I recently purchased an 8lb can of Hershey's Chocolate Syrup.
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    Sep 03, 2014 4:01 AM GMT
    kevex said2000 calories or less


    Hi, its not that easy i guess. Might it be stated on a table on which i could compare the amount of Calories spent Vs Calories gained?
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    Sep 03, 2014 4:03 AM GMT
    Marco_Polo said
    kevex said2000 calories or less


    Hi, its not that easy i guess. Might it be stated on a table on which i could compare the amount of Calories spent Vs Calories gained?



    You can check this out

    http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/downloads/sample_menu-mypyramid.pdf


    http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/highest-calorie-foods.php
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    Sep 03, 2014 4:05 AM GMT
    If you're lazy lol here's a list I found of common foods and their calories:


    1. Apple, medium: 72

    2. Bagel: 289

    3. Banana, medium: 105

    4. Beer (regular, 12 ounces): 153

    5. Bread (one slice, wheat or white): 66

    6. Butter (salted, 1 tablespoon): 102

    7. Carrots (raw, 1 cup): 52

    8. Cheddar cheese (1 slice): 113

    9. Chicken breast (boneless, skinless, roasted, 3 ounces): 142

    10. Chili with beans (canned, 1 cup): 287

    11. Chocolate chip cookie (from packaged dough): 59

    12. Coffee (regular, brewed from grounds, black): 2

    13. Cola (12 ounces): 136

    14. Corn (canned, sweet yellow whole kernel, drained, 1 cup): 180

    15. Egg (large, scrambled): 102

    16. Graham cracker (plain, honey, or cinnamon): 59

    17. Granola bar (chewy, with raisins, 1.5-ounce bar): 193

    18. Green beans (canned, drained, 1 cup): 40

    19. Ground beef patty 193 (15 percent fat, 4 ounces, pan-broiled):

    20. Hot dog (beef and pork): 137

    21. Ice cream (vanilla, 4 ounces): 145

    22. Jelly doughnut: 289

    23. Ketchup (1 tablespoon): 15

    24. Milk (2 percent milk fat, 8 ounces): 122

    25. Mixed nuts (dry roasted, with peanuts, salted, 1 ounce): 168

    26. Mustard, yellow (2 teaspoons): 6

    27. Oatmeal (plain, cooked in water without salt, 1 cup): 147

    28. Orange juice (frozen concentrate, made with water, 8 ounces): 112

    29. Peanut butter (creamy, 2 tablespoons): 180

    30. Pizza (pepperoni, regular crust, one slice): 298

    31. Pork chop (center rib, boneless, broiled, 3 ounces): 221

    32. Potato, medium (baked, including skin): 161

    33. Potato chips (plain, salted, 1 ounce): 155

    34. Pretzels (hard, plain, salted, 1 ounce): 108

    35. Raisins (1.5 ounces): 130

    36. Ranch salad dressing (2 tablespoons): 146

    37. Red wine (cabernet sauvignon, 5 ounces): 123

    38. Rice (white, long grain, cooked, 1 cup): 205

    39. Salsa (4 ounces): 35

    40. Shrimp (cooked under moist heat, 3 ounces): 84

    41. Spaghetti (cooked, enriched, without added salt, 1 cup): 221

    42. Spaghetti sauce (marinara, ready to serve, 4 ounces): 92

    43. Tuna (light, canned in water, drained, 3 ounces): 100

    44. White wine (sauvignon blanc, 5 ounces): 121

    45. Yellow cake with chocolate frosting (one piece): 243
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    Sep 03, 2014 4:11 AM GMT
    http://www.healthaliciousness.com/nutritionfacts/nutrition-comparison.php?o=19904&t=19904&h=19904&s=100&e=101.000&r=28.400

    Nutrition Facts

    Chocolate Dark 70-85% Cacao So

    Serving Size 101g
    Calories 604


    Oh shit, why? I just cant quit it
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    Sep 03, 2014 4:14 AM GMT
    kevex saidIf you're lazy lol here's a list I found of common foods and their calories:



    yes im a bit lazy lol but also need expert advice...
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    Sep 03, 2014 4:15 AM GMT
    What is your goal weight?
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    Sep 03, 2014 4:18 AM GMT
    ThatSwimmerGuy saidWhat is your goal weight?


    Im more concerned about body fat levels
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    Sep 03, 2014 4:19 AM GMT
    Marco_Polo said
    ThatSwimmerGuy saidWhat is your goal weight?


    Im more concerned about body fat levels
    Reducing fat?
    If anything cut out that coffee.
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    Sep 03, 2014 5:18 AM GMT
    For the coffee switch to a zero calorie sweetener; stevia, monk fruit (aka Nectresse), Splenda, etc. Try adding some cream so that you don't need as much sweetener.

    Break the chocolate into small pieces. For example, I'm eating some Lindt 70% cocoa chocolate now. 10 squares per bar and the bar is 100 grams, so 10 grams per square. I break each square into 6 or more pieces and let each one dissolve in my mouth.

    A serving size of this is 4 squares, 250 calories, so that's 63 calories per square. I can limit myself to 1 or 2 squares per day.

    Ditch the cookies and any pastries.

    Stationary bicycling (or regular), running, and swimming burn calories. Swimming probably the most.

    And when you get anxious try doing some stretching instead of stuffing your mouth. Done properly, stretching is very relaxing.
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    Sep 03, 2014 1:19 PM GMT
    from the OP's post
    "When anxiousness makes you eat chocolate"


    choose to control of what you put into your face
    nothing "Makes you" do anything
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    Sep 03, 2014 4:06 PM GMT
    7 cups of coffee is likely driving your anxiety through the roof. Plus dark chocolate has caffeine in it. I'd say cut back the coffee. You can start by mixing in high quality decaf in with the real stuff and keep going from there so you don't wind up with caffeine withdrawal symptoms.

    Eat a couple of squares of dark chocolate along with something high in fiber like an apple or orange. I'm a chocoholic and that's what works for me.

    How many calories you need a day really depends on your activity level. There are calculators online that will calculate your base metabolic rate based on you plugging in numberrs, then you have to figure out how many calories you're burning through activity.
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    Sep 03, 2014 7:51 PM GMT
    ThatSwimmerGuy saidI recently purchased an 8lb can of Hershey's Chocolate Syrup.


    Did you read the label? How much sugar or corn sweetener is in it?
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    Sep 03, 2014 8:33 PM GMT
    FRE0 said
    ThatSwimmerGuy saidI recently purchased an 8lb can of Hershey's Chocolate Syrup.


    Did you read the label? How much sugar or corn sweetener is in it?
    HFCS is the first ingredient. Total sugar is only about 2 kg
  • Rhi_Bran

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    Sep 06, 2014 12:14 AM GMT
    Runninchlt said7 cups of coffee is likely driving your anxiety through the roof. Plus dark chocolate has caffeine in it. I'd say cut back the coffee. You can start by mixing in high quality decaf in with the real stuff and keep going from there so you don't wind up with caffeine withdrawal symptoms.

    Eat a couple of squares of dark chocolate along with something high in fiber like an apple or orange. I'm a chocoholic and that's what works for me.

    How many calories you need a day really depends on your activity level. There are calculators online that will calculate your base metabolic rate based on you plugging in numberrs, then you have to figure out how many calories you're burning through activity.


    This. I was feeling extremely anxious and shitty for a week because I had bought some dark chocolate covered espresso beans from Trader Joe's and had been having a few too many. All that caffeine, plus the loads of theobromine (a relative of caffeine found in large amounts in dark chocolate) from the dark chocolate both soured my stomach and made my anxiety spike. I can deal with one or two cups of regular, medium roast coffee a day - most people can. But definitely cut down on your intake, because having a constant pump of caffeine in your system like that can lead to severe anxiety disorders, among other things.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Sep 09, 2014 7:53 PM GMT
    Wow you love chocolate!!
    Could be worse you could smoke!
    Eat dark chocolate 75% cacao at least.
    Cut back on the coffee a bit too.
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    Sep 09, 2014 10:19 PM GMT
    You should cut out chocolate from your diet completely. I was a chocolate fiend like you and I couldn't eat it in moderation. I never even think about it now, even when it is right in front of me.

    If you can't give up completely just put the chocolate in the fridge. It makes it less fun to eat so you are less likely to bother.
  • buddycat

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    Sep 13, 2014 9:42 AM GMT
    I think that one Hershey mini or one Lindt truffle in a day is OK. That is what I ate sometimes and lost a lot of weight still. I am wondering about this container of peanuts I bought, high in fat but has protein and I like them. Weighed 169 yesterday and today I am one 170 but I am not that concerned. I eat stuff I shouldn't for breakfast though, muffins and cinnamon buns but burned it off running. At night though I limit myself to low fat cheese, salads, fruit, hard boiled eggs, and/or hummus and celery.
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    Sep 13, 2014 7:21 PM GMT
    My impression is that it's the sugar in chocolate that's not good since it's empty calories, not the chocolate itself.

    Some claim that the chocolate has good things in it. According to The great book of chocolate by David Lebovitz, "Research has shown that although cocoa butter is high in saturated fat, it does not raise cholesterol levels due to its high stearic acid content, which some believe lowers the level of serum cholesterol. Other studies show that chocolate contains polyphenols, which may thin the blood and prevent oxidation in the blood flow, inhibiting the bad cholesterol (LDL) that is believed to build up plaque in the arteries and restrict blood flow." There's a chart on page 40 titled "Top antioxidant foods" with dark chocolate at the top with 13,120 ORAC units per 100 grams. ORAC units are described as "Oxygen radical absorbance capacity is a measure of the ability of the food to subdue harmful oxygen free radicals that can damage our bodies." For comparison, Brussels sprouts are 980 units and spinach is 1,260 units.

    So I generally don't feel guilty eating chocolate when it's dark chocolate.
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    Sep 14, 2014 3:16 AM GMT
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    Sep 14, 2014 9:42 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal said

    So I generally don't feel guilty eating chocolate when it's dark chocolate.


    I watched a show on chocolate and they talked about the fact that dark chocolate has more anti-oxidants then any other food. The problem is of course the fat and calories in it. In small amounts it can be good for you but apples and bananas also have a lot of anti-oxidants.
  • Rhi_Bran

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    Sep 21, 2014 4:18 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidMy impression is that it's the sugar in chocolate that's not good since it's empty calories, not the chocolate itself.


    Well to be technical, the sugar IS part of the chocolate. Chocolate is the combination of sugar, cocoa, and cocoa butter / fats.
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    Sep 21, 2014 7:12 PM GMT
    Rhi_Bran said
    Lumpyoatmeal saidMy impression is that it's the sugar in chocolate that's not good since it's empty calories, not the chocolate itself.

    Well to be technical, the sugar IS part of the chocolate. Chocolate is the combination of sugar, cocoa, and cocoa butter / fats.

    Yes, but it's added sugar. Pure chocolate, before it's made into a chocolate bar, doesn't have sugar in it. So a chocolate bar could be made with stevia or some other no calorie sweetener. I've tried them and the flavor is not as good as one made with regular sugar.

    http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/calories/bakers-100-pure-unsweetened-chocolate-146248088

    This is a regular chocolate bar that I like. It looks like 80 of its 250 calories are from sugar.

    http://www.lindtusa.com/shop/chocolates/dark-chocolate/70-cocoa-excellence-bar