Our expert says:
Chocolates are actually addictive in 2 ways: a) they contain substances that can cause addiction such as serotonin, endorphins, phenylethylamine and caffeine. b) the carbohydrate in the chocolates increases the serotonin levels in the brain thus improving your mood, which can also be addictive. If you are eating a diet that contains too little carbohydrate then you may be making the chocolate addiction worse. Make sure that you are eating a serving of low-GI carbohydrates at each meal. Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. Then start to gradually decrease how much chocolate you eat per day - one square at a time, until you have weaned yourself of this habit.
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