Good news weight watchers! You can now eat chocolate daily and still lose weight!
Regina Brett once famously said, “When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.”
For millions world over, chocolate is more than just a mere food. It is childhood memories, it’s a mood-changer, it’s blissful and for some, it’s also an addiction. When it comes to those who are trying hard to lose weight, staying away from chocolate becomes almost a thumb rule. But not anymore!
Though chocolate is highly calorific, researchers say, consuming a little chocolate daily actually helps in reducing body fat! According to a recent study in the US, calories in chocolate are ‘different’, thereby making the body work harder to burn it off. This essentially means the metabolic effect of chocolate makes it a ‘weight-loss’ food.
For those who want to lose weight and never give up on eating chocolates, replacing the regular milk chocolate with the darker version is the smartest thing to do. Researchers claim that dark chocolate not only helps one is losing weight, but also controls appetite and reduces sweet cravings.
Here’s a look at how a piece of chocolate can help you lose weight and stay healthy:
Boosts metabolism: According to recent studies, dark chocolate impacts the manner in which our body breaks down and metabolises fatty acids, thereby plummeting the absorption of unwanted fats. Eating a piece of chocolate, especially dark chocolate, also gives a sense of satisfaction and people use this trick to curb hunger pangs.
Reduces hunger pangs: 70% cocoa in dark chocolate helps you in reducing unwanted cravings because the bitterness in it signals your brain to control appetite. Also the steric acid keeps you fuller because it slows down your digestion process. Here’s a small trick: Try having dark chocolate with a cup of black coffee – you will thank us for all the sweetness!
The mood game-changer: One cannot deny that the happiness and sense of well-being you experience after eating a piece of chocolate is unmatched. How often have you noticed people overeat when they’re stress, overworked, bored or depressed? Almost, every time. And in most cases, people prefer eating something sweet. If you experience these mood swings, the best medicine really is dark chocolate. The polyphenols in chocolate gives you that feel-good factor, thereby reducing your tendency to indulge further into emotional eating!
Reduces exercise soreness: Most nutritionists or trainers suggest people to eat a piece of chocolate after an intense session of workout. There is a section of people who will debate this. However, according to researches the anti-inflammatory components in chocolate can help relieve your body of the soreness and pain you experience after a weight training session.
The good fat: Dark chocolate does have saturated fat, but let us remind you that not all of those fatty acids are bad for your body. For those trying to lose weight, it’s essential that you incorporate the good fats in your diet. Dark chocolate contains oleic acid and stearic acid. Wait, we know these terms might just send you into a tizzy. But here’s more. Oleic acid helps in reducing cholesterol levels and stearic acid, when broken down, turns into oleic acid! Now, how awesome is that?
Let us remind you that this delicious indulgence does come at a price. Chocolates are calorific and most nutritionists would first ask you to give up on your love for chocolates, if you’re trying hard to lose weight. However, before doing so, think about these awesome effects of chocolate, especially dark chocolate. If you’re still not convinced about including chocolate in your diet, yet want to get its yumminess, try using chocolate essence in your breakfast smoothie or cereals. This quick fix might help.
But hey, nothing can replace chocolate and we mean nothing in this world!
Remember Charles M. Schulz’s famous words, “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”?