Eat chocolate to lose weight: Study

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Flavanols in chocolate help to lower blood sugar and also decrease body fat
Flavanols in chocolate help to lower blood sugar and also decrease body fat

New Delhi : If you are all set for a major weight loss plan, then here is a trick for you. Do add chocolate into your daily diet and see the magic. Yes, a German study concluded 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 bio-active compounds, a plant compounds associated with several positive health impacts.

Johannes Bohannon, the team leader of the study and research director of the non-profit 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 indicates that chocolate can be a weight loss accelerator.”

In another study from the University of L'Aquila in Italy, people who ate a candy bar's worth of dark chocolate once a day for 15 days in a row decreased their potential for insulin resistance by almost 50 percent.

University of Copenhagen researchers have shown that dark chocolate curbs cravings for sweet, salty, and fatty foods while Swiss scientists have found that dark chocolate reduces the metabolic effects of stress.

A big credit goes to the flavanols in chocolate, has been found to help lower blood sugar and also decrease body fat according to the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

The Archives of Internal Medicine published a study suggesting that people who eat chocolates more frequently may have lower BMI. Dark chocolate, in short help balance the hormones that facilitate weight control, chocolate lowers blood sugar.