I’ve been experimentally consuming dark chocolate mainly for its appetite suppression for a month now.
Sources of dark chocolate
I’ve tried every viable dark chocolate block available in the supermarket. I believe Whittaker’s Dark Ghana (250 g chocolate block with 72% cocoa) is the most suitable for my nutritional needs. Its cocoa content is actually on the lower end compared to Lindt Supreme Dark (90%) or Green & Black’s organic dark chocolate (85%), while its sugar content is in the middle of the pack. Price wise, which isn’t a very distinctive attribute on the scale of things, it’s probably the 2nd cheapest option.
The reason Whittaker’s Dark Ghana is my favorite is because it’s the least addictive. In fact, it was the only one that I didn’t find addictive. I think it has the simplest taste, and while some of the higher content chocolates have a more distinctive bitterness, they are also somehow more sweet overall despite generally having less sugar. For example none of the 100 g chocolate blocks survived more than 24 hours because they left me craving more, whereas the sizable chunks of Whittaker’s were more satisfying. Maybe there is some psychological benefit to having distinct pieces (rather than a thin block with grooves too thin to be functional); you know exactly how much you’re intending to break off at a time.
I also tried drinking cocoa powder, just dissolved in boiling water. The taste was a surprise at first and will take getting used to. I’m gradually reducing how much sugar I’m taking with it, and I think it will be eventually possible to enjoy it without sugar. Overall, the drink is satiating in some ways, but because it’s winter I sometimes make a second drink.
Effectiveness of the diet
I’ve concluded that some dark chocolates are not very beneficial for reducing appetite. I’m not saying that dark chocolate should be self-suppressing, but if I was given seven 100 g blocks of Lindt Supreme Dark and I finished that in a week, I’d feel that something wasn’t right even if my overall appetite did indeed decrease. I don’t want to manage my appetite; I want it to be self-managing. So far I feel that Dark Ghana works for me. Sometimes I have two and a half meals a day, sometimes two, and on the rare occasion I don’t feel the need to eat until dinnertime. I’m not saying that this effect is inherently desirable, but my appetite is not so much of a burden anymore and my body won’t complain too much about my unreliable cooking routine.
I’ve lost 1.5 kg in one month on this diet, while having to refrain from exercise due to a mysterious injury that prevents me from walking too much. Although weight loss isn’t my specific intention, I intend to continue this diet for a while, now that I’ve found the right sources of dark chocolate, and observe what happens.