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Monday, October 22, 2018

Eating Chocolate Can Help You Lose Weight, Shock Study Discovers


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A German study has found that eating chocolate can reduce your waistline, lower your cholesterol and help you sleep.

The study, published in the International Archives of Medicine, revealed that chocolate is a rich source of bioactive compounds – a plant compounds associated with several positive health impacts.

To test its effects researchers divided volunteers aged 19 to 67 into three groups.

One group followed a strict low-carbohydrate diet, another group followed the low-carbohydrate diet and also consumed 42 grams of dark chocolate per day, and a control group followed their normal diet.


Besides tracking their body weight and measuring blood chemistry before, during and after, participants filled out questionnaires to assess sleep quality and well-being.

As predicted, the low-carb group lost weight compared to the control. But shockingly, the low-carb plus chocolate group lost 10 per cent more weight.

Not only that, but the weight they lost stayed off. Whereas the low-carb group saw a return of the weight after three weeks — a classic problem known as the “yo-yo effect”.

chocolate, lose weight

The chocolate group also reported better sleep and well-being, and their blood cholesterol levels were significantly reduced.

Johannes Bohannon, research director of the nonprofit Institute of Diet and Health, said: “To our surprise, the effect of chocolate is real.

“It is not enough to just consume chocolate, but in combination with exercise and reduction in carbohydrates, our data indicate that chocolate can be a weight loss accelerator.

”The researchers suggest that high-cocoa chocolate has the potential to enhance other diets as well.

"The best part about this discovery is that you can buy chocolate everywhere, cheaply and without having to believe diet gurus or purchase expensive nutrition products over the Internet.”

According to the health experts eating chocolate as part of a balanced diet can cheer you up, improv your heart health, protect your arteries, calm your cough and improve your brain power.

By Laura Mitchell, Daily Star

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