Choc can help one lose weight
A NEW diet regimen is claiming that chocolate can help you lose weight - if you ingest the sweet treats judiciously, that is.
Neuroscientist Will Clower, who penned the book Eat Chocolate Lose Weight, has said that consuming chocolate can help you eat less each day, AFP Relaxnews reported.
Studies have proven his theory right, he claimed. While chocolate is chock full of calories, it can help to suppress one's appetite for other food.
"What we see in all these people is that the amount that they're hungry for at the plate will drop by a half to a third," he told CBS News Pittsburgh. "And the amount that they're hungry for, the amount of between-meal snacks that they have, will drop by about a half."
Dr Clower outlined specific guidelines in his book, including going with dark chocolate whenever possible. Dark chocolate protects against sunburn and cancer, provides energy, stabilises blood sugar, and improves mood, he said.
"So all of the good stuff in chocolate comes from one place and one place only - and that is the cocoa," he said. Chocolate with 70 per cent or higher of cocoa is best.
Milk chocolate, meanwhile, comes loaded with more sugar than cocoa.
Dr Clower also recommended eating chocolate 20 minutes before lunch and dinner, as well as five minutes after these meals.
"The little piece of wonderful, rich dark chocolate at the end of your meal...stabilises the sugar onset into your bloodstream, so that you have more of that blood sugar more often throughout the afternoon, so you're just not hungry," he explained.
Additional guidelines include eating small portions, such as just a square of chocolate each time.