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Chocolate Cake: Weight Loss Diet Disaster Food


I love chocolate cake. Always have and always will. It’s the devils food! Full of sugar. But it tastes so damn good with a tall glass of milk. Mmmm…I can taste it now.

Chocolate cake can be a weight loss diet disaster food if you don’t control yourself. Some say to stay away from it all together. I say eat it, maybe once a month if you get an urge. But keep in mind that you need to control yourself from eating an extra serving or from eating too much of it too often.

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Tim Ferriss from 4 Hour Work Week says:

“Rule #4: Take one day off per week

I recommend Saturdays as your “Dieters Gone Wild” day. I am allowed to eat whatever I want on Saturdays, and I go out of my way to eat ice cream, Snickers, Take 5, and all of my other vices in excess. I make myself a little sick and don’t want to look at any of it for the rest of the week. Paradoxically, dramatically spiking caloric intake in this way once per week increases fat loss by ensuring that your metabolic rate (thyroid function, etc.) doesn’t downregulate from extended caloric restriction. That’s right: eating pure crap can help you lose fat. Welcome to Utopia.”

Hmm…don’t get it twisted and use it as an excuse to binge every day.

Or you can do like I do and get your chocolate fix from chocolate milk. Tastes great and helps you after a workout.

What’s your weight loss diet disaster food?

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About the Author

My name is Israel Lagares. I used to be the kind of guy that was always in shape, but over the last few years I've fallen off tremendously. This site is my final attempt to get back into shape. So far I've lost 70.4 lbs. Check out my weight loss chart, weight loss videos and progress pics. Follow my journey, those of others, and read our thoughts on various health topics. Share your thoughts, experience, and journey here on FMU.

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  1. jenNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting article. I do think that allowing balance into your life regarding diet is beneficial, however, lasting weight loss comes, as you know, from creating a better relationship with food, not one of codependence. Binging one day a week on whatever you want seems to train some unhealthy and extremist patterns. If you allow yourself all the crap on one day then what will stop you on the others if you are feeling ‘weak’. Likewise, why torture yourself with calorie restriction all the other days. To lose weight you don’t have to starve yourself and ‘turn off your thyroid’. Try eating good fats, having a balanced diet, and moving your body. Thanks for a thought provoking article.

    jen.

    • Israel LagaresNo Gravatar says:

      I think it depends on the person. They need to find what works for them and not just go by what others are saying.

  2. Oh gosh that cake looks yummy. But my diet disaster food is sugar cookies w/frosting. Oh my! Can’t even go there.

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Oh gosh that cake looks yummy. But my diet disaster food is sugar cookies w/frosting. Oh my! Can’t even go there.

    Have a great weekend!
    BTW I love your blog!

  4. My weight loss disaster food is Indian washed down with several cobra beers.

  5. Is that a German Chocolate cake? That’s my favorite! I have a hard time stopping after one day off. But I see the logic… hmmm… it is Saturday :)

    By the way… I just posted on the Forza workout? Have you heard about it? It is kind of like Tae Bo but for Samurai.

  6. MoveUrBodyNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you oh thank you for that delicious video footage!

  7. littlejakeNo Gravatar says:

    Just like everything in life, too much of anything is bad for you. Dark chocolate is healthy for you, but on the other hand, milk or white chocolate is not.

    The healthiest chocolate is make from raw or the least processed cocoa. Because of the flavonoids included in this type of chocolate, you will get many antioxidant benefits.

  8. RachelNo Gravatar says:

    Oh gosh, that cake looks evil. Pastry is my downfall. I love it, all of it in its buttery flaky goodness.

    The one day off thing doesn’t work for me. It just becomes an excuse to eat horribly, feel bad about myself and feel dopey and sloth-like.

    I prefer instead to have a little of what I like. I don’t do “substitutes” – artificial sugar often gives me headaches and I’d rather have a smaller serve of the good stuff.

    A few squares of dark chocolate, along with a ristretto or espresso kills the cravings for me and it feels luxurious and indulgent.

    Your chocolate milk idea is a good one – you get the flavour without all the calories and plus the benefit of calcium. Nice. :)

  9. I do agree with you that chocolate cook is a truly diet disaster. I simply can’t resist it. I also cannot resist dark chocolate. It is another additional for me. :-(

  10. CharlesNo Gravatar says:

    You are only allowed to spoil yourself only 12 times a year. That is only once a month. You should spoil yourself on your birthday, Easter, Wedding Anniversary, your best friend’s birthday, Christmas and the rest you can fill for yourself. To loose weight effectively you must be disciplined. What you are doing is destroying what you have building throughout the week.

  11. JayNo Gravatar says:

    Oh my goodness !!!! How are you gonna have a chocolate cake on the front like that …. So hungry… I love cake too – its my favorite – must stay away…. Yeah, but having that one cheat day is great to get it out of your system…

    I wish I could stop at one day. Great job on the will power to just stop at one day.

  12. DennisNo Gravatar says:

    As for me, it’s a matter of discipline..you can eat chocolates as long as you do not eat that much..and do some exercise reguarly….to help you loose weight naturally..

  13. dNo Gravatar says:

    looks good, i dont mess with junk food no more lol…had to leave it alone.

  14. steveNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think I could completely take a day off and eat anything I want. I would feel too guilty! But hey, if it works that is awsome! Maybe I will give it a try.

  15. lisaNo Gravatar says:

    I love chocalate cake too..

  16. I think it depends on the person. They need to find what works for them and not just go by what others are saying.
    Totally Agree with this.
    Also this cake looks very great.

  17. sinxiaNo Gravatar says:

    Everyone looking to lose weight still needs to allow themselves occasional treats and things that they enjoy. Otherwise the diet is too much of a chore and the temptation to go back to old eating habits is too great. The thing is, the treats should be in moderation and this takes some willpower and a change in attitude to food and diet.

  18. Any type of candy is my weakness. I try to stay far away from it as possible but when I do get my hands on some on my cheat days, I make myself sick my stomach! But its sooo gooodddd!

  19. DetectivesNo Gravatar says:

    My best weight loss diet diaster food would be again a chocolate cake
    with the thick dark chocolate cadbury’s cream on it
    i cannot resist to eat one now
    i love them
    it’s awesome wow delicious too…

  20. cake looks very delicious……..

  21. TylerNo Gravatar says:

    Chocolate Chip Cookies. Keep them away from me. You know that old ad, “bet you can’t eat just one?” That applies to me with cookies. I can take down a good 10-12. Especially if they are fresh cooked and out of the oven.

    I do agree that one “cheat day” is important.

  22. Marc AnthonyNo Gravatar says:

    No secret to losing weight. Veggies, Fruit and Fish and you’ll be healthy as a horse.

  23. LidaNo Gravatar says:

    I think the diet should not be a prison for our souls. If you do not have a chocolate cake – why live? :)

  24. AlexNo Gravatar says:

    cool posts thanks

    Personally i think that it all depends on the level of commitment and self control of each person. some people can control them selves, therefore eating such foods once in a while is fine. for others it may be better to completely forget about such foods.

  25. AaronNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, chocolate cake is a MAJOR source of weakness for me! It’s tough to ‘ration’ out sweets throughout the week, but, for me, I’ve found if I completely eliminate my high-calorie, high-fat pleasure foods, I’ll eventually hit a major cycle of weight gain and over-eat again. “Rewards” in the form of sweets (in moderation) during weight loss definitely works for me. Great blog btw!

  26. What I do it try to change over all the super tasty and fatty foods for different kinds of fruit. Fruit tastes just as good and their a HUGE variety! Me and my girlfriend bought a pineapple slicer/corer and now we are eating super healthy

  27. NicoleNo Gravatar says:

    “eating pure crap can help you lose fat. Welcome to Utopia.”

    Haha who would have thought, seems like the total opposite of what the weight loss experts say. I believe many weight loss tips for women and men are a bit unrealistic as they expect people to stick with it 100%. We are all human and as such should be allowed a day off, no one’s perfect.

  28. Dark chocolate is great for you, full of anti oxidents. And just a few sqaures really satisfy my creavings! I find that if I have milk chocolate I only want more and keep craving the next day as well. I allow myself some dark chocolate or sometimes a cake with tea oncea week. If you dont allow yourself a treat once a week, you’ll only tend to go on a mad binge when you get a bad craving. If you allow yourself something small, you tend to not crave anymore.

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