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We have talked with 50 athletes who mention chocolate.

Michael Zerafa
Michael Zerafa (male, 28)
How I Motivate Myself to Become the Middleweight Champion
In saying that, I have a massive sweet tooth. I can just eat sugar all day and it’ll get me through. Obviously when I’m in camp I am on a strict diet as mentioned above but I allow myself to eat junk food (chocolate) when I feel like it.
Derina Wilson
Derina Wilson (female, 40)
How I Got Stronger and More Motivated After Breast Cancer
I eat about every three hrs and enjoy cheat meals more in the off-season and sparingly in season. My cheat days usually include the things I don’t usually eat like bread, cheese, and chocolate! And yes, I’m a chocoholic. In season I’ll have a spoonful of peanut butter and Nutella to curb my craving.
Rob Gallagher
Rob Gallagher (male, 43)
This is How I Keep Myself Disciplined and Consistent
My diet is enjoyable and varied. Quality Meats, fruit, vegetables. Sometimes I supplement with creatine. I don’t like the phrases “cheat days / cheat meals”, it implies you are doing something you should feel guilty about. I’ll eat some ice cream, chocolate or have a fry etc when i want.
Rea Harris
Rea Harris (female, 28)
How I Combine Fitness, My Job and Being a Mom
My diet is the hardest thing out of my fitness routine, I can find one slip up messes up my progress. If I smell chocolate, it goes straight to my belly. About six months out of the year, I track my food intake by weighing each meal but I find that is hard to maintain, but works the best for me.
Malin Malle Jansson
Malin Malle Jansson (female, 28)
How I Eat and Train to Achieve Nordic Champion Titles
What I love to eat is candy.. all kinds of candy, but mostly sour, licorice and chocolate. I’m such a sucker for sweets 🙂 I would say I’m eating some candy one to two days per week and that works for me. So if I’m going out to eat with friends or something I just take that day as one of my two days with eating ”unhealthier” and if I end up at that day on a high caloric surplus, I just make up for it the next day and put myself into a small caloric deficit.
Sami Rose
Sami Rose (female, 34)
This is My Plan to Achieve Double Bodyweight Deadlift
I wouldn’t say I have strong “cravings” for junk food – I do LOVE treats, but because I don’t limit myself, I know I can have it any time, so if I want chocolate, I satisfy that craving and move on, instead of thinking about it all day and ending up eating a block of chocolate!
Mayara Faria
Mayara Faria (female, 28)
How I Stayed Motivated and Fit After Three Major Surgeries
I take it in my training bag = lifter, running shoes, three knee pads, four grips, two wristbands, magnesium powder, socks, carbohydrate gel, chocolate, lifting tape, my mobility roller, deodorant, my wallet and my car document.
CaliMarco PT
CaliMarco PT (male, 45)
My Body is My Gym. This is How I Eat, Teach, and Train Everywhere
When you set up and keep re-setting and adjusting your metabolism year by year you don’t crave simply like that. Craving is not good, you are doing something wrong if you crave. I have my dark chocolate every night and my cheat day every week when I eat everything.
Muneeta Aneja
Muneeta Aneja (female, 21)
How Training Helped Me to Reconstruct My Body and Manage My Depression
I have less cheat days, but I do have some and to cut on to these days, I try to understand what my body really needs or craves in for at that moment, sometimes It just wants a lot of fluids, sometimes it demands glucose, so instead of eating those cakes and cookies, have a tiny piece bitter chocolate or some fruits.
Kara Wirt
Kara Wirt (female, 32)
This is How My Yoga Training Makes Me Calm and Supports My Mental Wellbeing
I don’t deny myself anything but I find I don’t often crave junk food as I know my body doesn’t feel its best afterwards. I’d prefer to have a few pieces of good quality dark chocolate rather than super sugary chocolate bars and that’s enough to satisfy any cravings.
Joana Varbichkova
Joana Varbichkova (female, 33)
This Is How I Became a Personal Trainer and Pilates Teacher after My Pregnancy
Of course, I do have food cravings!! I am obsessed with chocolate!!! (and coffee) I allow myself quality chocolate for dessert from time to time.
Katie Sampayo
Katie Sampayo (female, 28)
How I Quit My 9-5 to Become a Thriving Fitness Nomad
When I do eat sweets, I make them healthier by only using natural sweeteners such as honey and stevia and eating pure dark chocolate.
Eleni Quartana
Eleni Quartana (female, 26)
How I Overcome a Serious Injury and Got Back to Dancing
I eat many vegetables and many proteins and never misses the chocolate. I take dietary supplements every day:
Jean Fallacara
Jean Fallacara (male)
How I Use Biohacking to Experience Cyborg Gains in My Calisthenics Training
My only weakness is dark chocolate which, in small quantities, is actually very good for your mind and can help promote neuroplasticity.
Christina Dy
Christina Dy (female, 44)
I'm a Pole Dancer. This Is How I Kept Training after Losing the Use of My Hands
I don’t do cheat days, I pretty much eat the same thing everyday— coffee and oatmeal in the morning, eggs veggies and rice for lunch and dinner, plus a couple of quarantine snacks in the afternoon (chocolate, fruit, cake, whatever is available).
Fanny Müller
Fanny Müller (female, 31)
How I Keep Training While Traveling the World Full Time
If it’s possible I eat 5 times per day and there are lots of fruits, vegetables and proteins in my diet. But I’m not a saint, sometimes I crave for chocolate or sweets and sometimes I don’t say no 🙂
Erin Pash
Erin Pash (female, 29)
This is How My Pregnancy Got Me into Fitness and Nutrition
I don’t eat meat, dairy or gluten if I can avoid it, I do. Although I have a strong sweet tooth and my favourite chocolate is full dairy milk packed fruit & nut ☺ not the best for health but good for the soul.
Carlos Zamora
Carlos Zamora (male, 32)
This Is How I Combine Coaching with Professional MMA and American Show Wrestling
For cheat days, perhaps two cheat meals or week. It would be pizza and chocolate.
Taylor Bradley
Taylor Bradley (male, 27)
How I Got Into Dancing and Became a Professional Dancer for Cirque Du Soleil
Also I have debatably the worlds largest sweet tooth – especially chocolate. So if anyone told me to go no sugar I would laugh.
Lailla Sena
Lailla Sena (female, 31)
How My Beach Town Childhood Lead Me to Working in Fitness
I don’t crave junk food as it has been removed from my diet a really long time ago. But I do crave chocolate!
Gabriela Cantos Realpe
Gabriela Cantos Realpe (female, 35)
I'm a Dance Coordinator, Coach and Model. This is How I Inspire People to Live a Healthier Life
I eat almost everything, from meat (no pork), fish, turkey, bio fruits and vegetables, dark chocolate, sometimes cookies, etc.
Alyssa Hotrum
Alyssa Hotrum (female, 26)
How Feeling Tired All the Time Made Me Change My Lifestyle and Get into Fitness
I personally did not think I had the motivation in me to make these changes. It truly has helped me to make small changes first like cutting out pop or maybe replacing milk chocolate with pieces of dark chocolate.
Jessica Sanki
Jessica Sanki (female, 38)
I Have Been in CrossFit for 8 Years. This Is How I Train and Compete
As I said I am not a professional athlete so I don’t have to be that strict on my nutrition. I often eat sweets (chocolate and ice cream are my biggest weaknesses).
 Barbora Labidi
Barbora Labidi (female, 32)
I'm a Strongwoman Competitor. This is How I Became Strong and Powerful
I have never liked fastfood like McDonalds, etc. so I never go there. When I cheat, I like gluten-free cakes, much fruit – bananas, sometimes chocolate, and fat food like salami or cheese.
Tertia Dippenaar
Tertia Dippenaar (female, 30)
This is How I Prevent Injuries While Performing Eight Shows a Week
I am not into supplements so my pre workout is sometimes strong coffee/green tea, and a piece of 70% dark chocolate, everything has to be sustainable for me.
Aimee Corry
Aimee Corry (female, 26)
I'm a Personal Trainer. This is How I Combine Fitness and Acting
Stay within your numbers, eat 80% whole nutritious foods, 20% whatever you want. This stops me from craving certain things like chocolate and means that it doesn’t really feel like a diet at all.
Emmanuela Pintus
Emmanuela Pintus (female, 45)
This Is How I Have Combined Yoga and Bodybuilding for 15+ Years
I do have a sweet tooth and I am a big fan of chocolate so I give myself the liberty of having chocolate at least a few times a week. I just make sure I don’t go overboard.
Daniel Zagorski
Daniel Zagorski (male, 21)
How I Balance My Day Job with Training Six times a Week
My breakfast is generally greek yoghurt with protein powder and some fruit on top. If I get bored of that, I have two whole eggs with four egg whites. Then I get a snack before lunch, which is either a can of tuna or 15 grams of mixed nuts with one square of black chocolate (75%+).
Chyanne Jacomini
Chyanne Jacomini (female, 34)
How I Became an IFBB Pro Bikini Competitor After Giving Birth
Of course, eating whole foods, an adequate amount of fiber are always the best options and I try to stick to those, but when my monthly shark week arrives (menstrual cycle), I tend to either crave chocolate or something salty.
Bianca Solo
Bianca Solo (female, 25)
How Fitness Helped to Overcome My Postpartum Depression
And when it’s a cheat day, pizza, fried chicken, crawfish, and anything chocolate are on the menu! Call me country, I know.
Ali Burkhardt
Ali Burkhardt (female, 27)
This is How Bodybuilding Saved Me After Struggling Anorexia
This prep itself has been incredibly breezy. I get to enjoy good tasty food and not struggle with hunger. My only small cravings have been for chocolate because… duh, it’s chocolate! I have the biggest sweet tooth so that’s the only thing I occasionally crave on prep. To combat that I take a chromium supplement which seems to really help!
Deon John
Deon John (male, 47)
I'm a Men's Physique Competitor. This Is How I Prepare Myself Mentally for Training
I normally use Whey Protein only for my supplements. It helps me with my growth. As for junk food, I normally eat clean. I will have an occasional chocolate bar (a href=””>Mr.Big,/a>) or a nice pastry once or twice a month. 🙂
Goran Borkovic
Goran Borkovic (male, 32)
How I Made a Remarkable Comeback to Bodybuilding After a Serious Motorcycle Accident
There are days when I feel I’ll rather be at home watching movies with my family, especially when it’s rainy, what it’s like 80% of days in Ireland, or I have chocolate cravings, which is my favorite sweet.
Simone Collins
Simone Collins (female, 33)
I'm a Vegan Bodybuilder. This is How I Eat, Train and Compete
I don’t crave much junk food, because I enjoy the freedom my diet allows me, even in competition prep. I never “ban” myself from anything. I either count it into my day (if I’m tracking) or allocate myself a “free day”. I limit these days to once a week. I love chocolate so much that I am actually able to include sugar free vegan chocolate even into my strict competition dieting!
Danielle Natoni
Danielle Natoni (female, 41)
How I Became a Full-time Fitness Professional and Got Featured in Fitness Infomercials
If I am going to “treat” myself, I love dark chocolate or French fries.
Donna McGinn
Donna McGinn (female, 56)
I'm an IFBB Professional Bodybuilder. This is How I Build My Muscles and Compete After Age 50
Usually it’s something sweet for me so I’ll have a piece of dark chocolate or flavored gum. I carry a lot of different flavored gums during my prep season.
Anne Navarro
Anne Navarro (female, 40)
How Continuous Self-improvement and Development Helps Me Get Better and Stronger
I have never wanted to veer off macros because if I want chocolate or cake, I can have it provided it fits! There’s no cheat days or binging. I don’t crave them.
Anita Perry
Anita Perry (female, 64)
How I Work as a Yogi, Author and Educator after 42 Years in Health and Fitness
I allow myself a treat (about 1 square dark chocolate) in moderation. I do not drink alcohol but love my morning cup of coffee. I drink herbal tea for medicinal purposes and at night.
Veronika Mikulasikova
Veronika Mikulasikova (female, 25)
How I Got into Fitness and Started Feeling Proud and Invincible
When I try to lose fat, I eat a lot of volume food to trick my mind and fill up my plate. I’m trying to gain muscles at the moment, so I focus on a sufficient intake of complex carbs and proteins, and of course never forgetting to add a food rich in healthy fats like nuts, seeds, avocado, dark chocolate, etc. which is super essential, especially for us women due to hormone production processes. That is probably everything I do.
Norma Reynolds
Norma Reynolds (female, 34)
How I Went From Car Accident Victim to Natural Vegan Bikini Pro
I keep snacks simple; like rice cakes with nut butter, or homemade, lower fat, lower sugar, vegan donuts, breads, or cookies. I always keep fair trade vegan dark chocolate bars in my pantry, along with things like granolas, dried apples, and plantain chips.
Julie Germaine
Julie Germaine (female)
How Being a Mother Doesn't Stop Me from Training Hard and Staying Super Fit
Not wanting to eat chocolate for every meal is another story. LOL!! I love sweets and indulge during the holiday season and on cheat meals, without QUESTION!
Nick Screeton
Nick Screeton (male, 31)
How I Keep Improving as a Personal Trainer after 10,000+ Training Sessions
I’m currently on a mini fat loss phase (2 weeks) after a heavy Xmas of chocolate, cakes, and too many high-calorie foods! Then after my stomach and body fat have returned to a healthy level (15% body fat) – I’ll then start to slowly increase my calories to gain muscle without gaining fat.
Ghia Walker
Ghia Walker (female, 36)
How My Bodybuilding Journey Lead to Creating a Protein Treats Company
Often times you’ll find me eating Dough It Well cinnamon rolls or donuts, seitan (alternative vegan meat), vegetables, nuts, fruits and cereal. Oh and how can I forget!… Chocolate!
Kuba Firkowski
Kuba Firkowski (male, 23)
I'm a Strength and Conditioning Coach. This is What Calisthenics Does to My Body
It all starts in store, when you buy a chocolate, you will eat this. Buy good food, so you will eat good.
Gergo Jonas
Gergo Jonas (male, 33)
I'm a Vegan Strength Coach. This is How I Train to Stay Fit, Strong and Motivated
I don’t do cheat days. That’s just doesn’t make sense. In the winter season, my calorie budget is bigger so I can have a chocolate or something on top of my regular food.
Ashley Gorham
Ashley Gorham (female, 33)
How I Use Fitness to Transform the Quality of My Life Without Any Deprivations
If I want some chocolate, I’ll have some chocolate and move on with my life. But chocolate is definitely easy to overeat if you don’t watch it, which is why self-management is so important. Being present with food is a great thing as it keeps you aware. Take a couple of Hershey’s kisses out of the bag and put the rest away instead of bringing the bag to the couch while watching TV, which leads to mindless eating.
Dave Cunningham
Dave Cunningham (male, 33)
How I Maintain an Impressive Fitness Model Physique after 17 Years of Training
However, I am known for having a big sweet tooth, so I will allow myself the occasional chocolate bar or tub of ice cream of an evening, but if I find I’m having a particular craving I tend to listen to my body and try to figure out if its just something I think I want or something my body is telling me I need.
Shelli Beecher-Seitzler
Shelli Beecher-Seitzler (female, 46)
How I Earned My WNBF Fit Body and Masters Figure Pro Cards in Less than Half a Year
I’ve also noticed an elevated heart rate (tracked via my Apple watch and AutoSleep App) during sleep after consuming simple carbohydrates (during off-season – my favorites being Vegan dark chocolate, granola and desserts).
Tyrone Bell
Tyrone Bell (male, 38)
How I Went from Stuntman to Full-Time Bodybuilder and WBFF Fitness Model Pro
After every show I do, I always have a full week of shooting a lot of content. While other competitors hit the burgers and chocolates immediately post show, I stay as tight as possible to get in as much quality video and image content as possible, for myself and my sponsors in the seven days that follow – trust me I hit the burgers and chocolate after that. LOL
Mehdi Benmoussa
Mehdi Benmoussa (male, 23)
My Body Fat Percentage Is 7%. This Is How I'm Cutting, Eating and Training
If I’m hungry or feel a lack of energy, I take sugar free dark chocolate. I helps a lot with the hunger. I also eat vegetables when hungry or feeling a lack of energy.
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