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Eat Chocolate Daily And Get Slimmer?

28 Mar

This study sounds too good to be true….a National Institutes of Health funded study conducted by the Department of Medicine of the University of California, San Diego, found people who eat chocolate more frequently tend to be thinner than those who consume the sweet treat less often. 

Researchers asked nearly 1,000 adults in Southern California questions about types of food and beverages including how many times a week they ate chocolate. Body mass index, which is a measure of body fat, was also calculated as part of the study.  The participants who ate chocolate more often didn’t consume fewer calories overall, or exercise more, than their non-chocoholic counterparts. In fact, the more frequent chocolate eaters consumed more total calories! 

The researchers caution that the study doesn’t prove a link between frequent chocolate munching and weight loss. 

Rather, the findings suggest that the health benefits of chocolate may be linked to how many times in a given week chocolate is eaten rather than the total amount consumed in that week, says the study’s lead researcher, Beatrice Golomb, an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Eating a small amount of chocolate each of five days during a week was linked to a lower BMI, even if the person ate more calories overall and didn’t exercise more than other participants.

These findings were published as a research letter in the recent Archives of Internal Medicine, and this article details the study.

Madhu, this one seems just right for you – not sure you’ll read it all 🙂

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Posted by on March 28, 2012 in General, Healthcare

 

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10 responses to “Eat Chocolate Daily And Get Slimmer?

  1. Madhu

    March 28, 2012 at 9:46 am

    First desserts for breakfast and now a chocolate diet…you really are a girl after my own heart!

     
    • Shaanthz

      March 28, 2012 at 11:24 am

      You read the last sentence of the post…..just right for you Madhu 🙂

       
      • Madhu

        March 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm

        I did already! Thanks for the special mention 🙂

         
  2. orples

    March 29, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    To my heart’s delight, I read about this. I am a happy chocoholic!

     
    • Shaanthz

      March 30, 2012 at 3:02 am

      I am happy for you….enjoy some chocolate without guilt!

       
      • orples

        March 30, 2012 at 3:07 am

        Guilt? Never, when it comes to chocolate. That would defeat the purpose of eating it to begin with. LOL

         
  3. Angeline M

    March 31, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I always have a piece of dark chocolate for dessert every night….oh, ok…sometimes it’s two.

     
    • Shaanthz

      March 31, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      You already know the trick to staying slim 🙂

       
  4. Indira

    November 23, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Loved this post. I love chocolates and am slim, so must be true.

     
    • Shaanthz

      November 24, 2012 at 2:51 am

      I guess it is true – I’ve friends who enjoy chocolates and are pretty slim too. I am not very fond of chocolates but love to bake for others 🙂

       

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