Want to lose weight? Then grab a bar of chocolate! It turns out, having a little chocolate can actually HELP you stay slim! Here's how:
- Chocolate can help prevent overeating. A recent study in the journal Hypertension found that the antioxidants in dark chocolate - called flavanols - may help regulate blood sugar production. Which'll help prevent the spikes that give you the urge to overeat.
- Chocolate can help you feel full. Just one ounce of dark chocolate contains three grams of filling fiber - which is the same amount you'd get from a small apple. Now, we're not saying you should skip the apples and eat nothing but chocolate, but having a piece might help you feel satisfied. So, you won't feel the need to binge on other junk foods.
- Chocolate can motivate you to stick with your diet. Neuroscientists at the University of California found that chocolate contains feel-good chemicals that promote a sense of confidence and well-being. The more confident you feel, the more likely you'll be to stick with your diet during those moments where you want to throw in the towel. Know this: You should choose chocolate that's at least 70% cocoa. Products with less have undergone extra processing, which depletes the chocolate of its health-enhancing compounds. Also, moderation is key. So, stick to a square or two. Because no matter how many health benefits chocolate might have, inhaling five bars a day won't help your weight loss cause.