But if you can manage those two issues (quantity and quality) then this is definitely the number 1 reason to eat chocolate, that you never saw coming!
If done right, chocolate can be a weight loss super food. A growing body of scientific research is pointing to this conclusion, which is supported by more studies on diabetes, exercise physiology, satiety, and even weight loss itself.
A recent report showed that chocolate consumption was associated with lower weight and even lower levels of body fat. This particular study assessed the eating habits of 1,458 teens. They found that those who averaged 42.6 grams of chocolate day got the best weight control results (study).
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This supports the findings of Dr. Beatrice Goulomb, showing that more frequent consumption of dark chocolate was associated with lower BMI (study). In this case, almost 1,000 adults were assessed. Those who had the lowest BMIs were not those who were more active, but those who most consistently ate chocolate.
These two studies are just correlations. In other words, consistent chocolate consumption was associated with weight control. The studies do not prove that they are causally related however.
So the studies suggest anyway that our favorite guilty pleasure may actually … just a pleasure. You would subtract ‘guilty’ altogether. Even better, if the relationship between chocolate and weight control holds up, it would mean that chocolate doesn’t represent the end of your weight control efforts, but the means.
What other evidence supports this idea? And why in the world would it be that chocolate is actually a weight control solution, rather than a weight control problem? Here are the top 3 reasons that can help explain why chocolate turns out to be your friend in the end.
1.Chocolate can help control hunger cravings. The cocoa butter in dark chocolate is not only good for your heart (study), but can also increase the satiety hormones that turn off hunger (study). That way, you’re just not as hungry between meals. When this happens, chronic consumption, and calories are controlled as well.
. Darker chocolate is higher in cocoa and lower in sugar. This means that eating dark chocolate reduces the empty calories found in higher sugar chocolates. For diabetics, this dark chocolate results in greater insulin sensitivity (study) of course, but for the rest of us it means we’re less likely to get the sugar blues – being tired and hungry, moving less and eating more.
3. Exercise physiologists have determined that the particular kinds of polyphenols found in dark chocolate can increase your energy level and “time to exhaustion” (study). This is likely due to their impact at the level of the muscle itself: 1) increasing the number of capillaries which carry nutrient rich blood (study), and 2) boosting your energy output capacity by increasing the function of your muscle’s energy-producing mitochondria (study).
Let’s just sum up this good news. Research is finding the chocolate consumption leads to lower weight and lower body fat. This is supported by an absolute chorus of studies on diabetes, the neurohormonal impact on satiety, and even exercise physiology.
The conclusion? Eat high-cocoa chocolate, do that in control, and you give your body a chance to better control weight.
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