Great news for chocoholics looking to lose weight, new research suggests that eating chocolate can not only help to reduce cholesterol, it may also accelerate weight loss.
A new study from German researchers which was published in the International Archives of Medicine, has looked at the effect chocolate has on our diets with some surprising results.
Chocolate is known for being a rich source of bioactive compounds, particularly a group of molecules called flavonoids, plant compounds associated with several positive health impacts but being able to work out exactly how these compounds can help a diet has never been researched before, until now.
The researchers found that chocolate could be made to be a positive factor in a diet by simply combining it with other dietary interventions could lead the food to become very positive in the right doses.
In the study researchers divided volunteers aged 19 to 67 into three groups and found that the low-carb plus chocolate group lost 10% more weight, giving credit to the claim that if you eat chocolate on a specific sort of diet that it can act with very positive results.
According to a report by the Express, one group in the study followed a strict low-carbohydrate diet, another group followed the low-carbohydrate diet and also consumed 42 grams of dark (81%) chocolate per day, and a control group followed their normal diet.
Not only did the low carb plus chocolate dieters lose the most weight, but the weight loss persisted, compared to the low-carb group which saw a return of the weight after 3 weeks — a classic problem in dietary interventions known as the “yo-yo effect” according to the Express.
The chocolate group also reported better sleep and well-being, and their blood cholesterol levels were significantly reduced.
“To our surprise, the effect of chocolate is real,” says Bohannon.
“It is not enough to just consume chocolate, but in combination with exercise and reduction in carbohydrates, our data indicate that chocolate can be a weight loss accelerator.
”The researchers suggest that high-cocoa chocolate has the potential to enhance other diets as well.
“The best part about this discovery,” says Bohannon, “is that you can buy chocolate everywhere, cheaply and without having to believe diet gurus or purchase expensive nutrition products over the Internet.”
It looks like there has never been a better excuse to indulge in our sweet tooth because now it seems that the best way to lose weight is to eat chocolate!