Chocolate Makes You Skinnier: New Research
Looking to lose weight? Maybe you should add a little chocolate to your diet.
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego looked at the exercise and dietary habits of about a thousand adults, factoring in how much chocolate they ate in relation to their health and weight. As lead author Dr. Beatrice A. Golomb tells The Times, the findings “are compatible with other evidence showing favorable metabolic effects that are known to track with body mass index.”
In other words, chocolate may actually be good for your waistline.
More surprising still, it’s not like the chocoholics were making up for the extra calories by sweating it out on the treadmill, either. According to the newspaper, even when people ate more calories and didn’t exercise any more than the non-chocolate crowd, they still had lower BMIs. Those who gobbled up five servings of chocolate a week weighed about five to seven pounds less than the people who didn’t eat any at all.
“It didn’t matter which of those you added, the relationship remained very stably significant,” Golomb tells The Times.
If you’re thinking this is all an April Fool’s joke — surprise, it’s not! But there is a catch. The key to success on what we’re sure will emerge as “The Chocolate Diet” is not to eat all the chocolate you want but rather a little several times a week.
“It’s not the case that eating the largest amount of chocolate is beneficial; it’s that eating it more often was favorable,” Golomb says. “If you eat 10 pounds of chocolate a day, that’s not going to be a favorable thing.”
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