Can Eating Chocolate Really Make You Slimmer?

Eat Well (cookies)People who are exploring different options for weight loss, such as taking LloydsPharmacy diet pills, may wish to try the unlikely solution of eating more chocolate, if new research is to be believed. The sweet treat may be full of calories, but a study of 1,000 people in the US published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (March 26th) revealed that people who eat chocolate a few times a week are on average slimmer than those who only eat it occasionally.

The researchers found that regular chocolate consumption was strongly linked to a lower body mass index, even when factors like amount of exercise were taken into account. How often chocolate is consumed, rather than how much, appeared to be the most important factor – there was no link found with the quantity eaten. The reasons underlying the results are currently unclear, but it is possible that compounds found in chocolate, such as epichatechin, can contribute to better exercise performance and improved lean muscle mass.

“Our findings appear to add to a body of information suggesting that the composition of calories, not just the number of them, matters for determining their ultimate impact on weight,” said the lead author of the study, Dr Beatrice Goolomb of the University of California at San Diego. “In the case of chocolate, this is good news – both for those who have a regular chocolate habit, and those who may wish to start one.”

Before you go reaching for that suddenly-slimming bar of Dairy Milk, it’s important to note that the findings only suggested a link, not conclusive proof that chocolate makes you slimmer. It’s true that in the past, studies have also indicated that chocolate is good for the heart and blood pressure, improves cholesterol levels and contains antioxidants that can clean up potentially dangerous free radicals.

However, it remains a high-sugar, high-fat food, and further testing will need to be done before scientists can establish the definite causes behind the unusual results. If you’re serious about losing weight, it’s best to err on the side of caution and stick to the tried-and-tested route of more exercise and fruit and veg for now!

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