It’s (almost) Easter, it’s a long weekend and chocolate is everywhere you look so it’s not surprising that you’re tempted to indulge in the odd chocolate egg.

Just make sure it is the odd chocolate egg by following our six tips to staying in control of your urges…

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1. Quality not quantity

Don’t bulk buy – go for a small amount of good quality chocolate rather than lots of poor quality chocolate.

The chocolate the more antioxidants, so chocolate with 60% cocoa and higher are a good options.

2. Keep chocolate for dessert

While we’re pretty sure you’re allowed to have Easter eggs for breakfast, chowing down on your Terry’s Chocolate Orange egg on an empty stomach will spike blood sugar levels, putting you on an energy-level roller coaster.

Try to eat Easter eggs after you’ve had a protein-based meal.

3. Small is smart

Psst! Here’s some good news for chocaholics – recent research found healthy people who eat chocolate regularly tend to have a lower BMI than those who don’t eat it at all. But the key here is to have small amounts.

A big Easter bunny can have as many as 1,075 calories, whereas small hollow eggs only have about 72 calories, so go for smaller and savour the flavour.

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4. Stock your fridge

Find healthy substitutes to chocolate that still satisfy your sweet cravings, such as fruit kebabs dipped in melted dark chocolate.

5. Monitor your food

So that you don’t snack mindlessly over Easter, keep a food diary. Recent studies showed that people who kept daily food records lost twice as much weight as those who kept no records.

6. Give yourself a break

If you fall off the chocolate-covered wagon it’s OK. Easter is only once a year and it really is OK to eat some chocolate. Studies have shown that if you deny your food cravings, you are more likely to overindulge.

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