Good news folks! Chocolate, undeniably, the most cherished food on the planet, should be consumed to help regulate your weight.
Now, I know that you’re thinking. It’s hard to imagine that chocolate is a “fat burner” after all these years of being told that you should limit your sweets and chocolate intake to a bare minimum. However, clinical studies on cacao and the effects it has on the human body show stunning evidence that there are more pros than cons. The stigma that has been lain on mass consumption of chocolate is now slowly being eradicated, one healthy appetite at a time. Keep in mind that medical professionals preached to us about how certain foods and beverages were harmful to our health. Coffee used to cause cancer; now it helps to prevent cancer. Margarine was considered a heart-saver; now it is said that it creates the heart disease we were trying to prevent. Wine was thought to be bottled empty calories; now it has been discovered that trans-resveratrol is great for your heart.
A BIRDS-EYE VIEW OF THE CHOCOLATEY FACTS
According to the folks over at confectionerynews.com, the Swiss consume more chocolate than anyone else on the planet, stomaching a boatload 11.9 kg every year. That’s over 26 pounds per person! Yet, after the chocolate feast, the obesity rate in Switzerland is less than 8 percent.
Now you’re probably wondering if you get the same findings in other cultures in other parts of the world. Does chocolate help prevent obesity in other parts of the world? There is evidence that indicates a big, giant ‘YES.’
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE REAL BENEFITS
Studies show that consistent consumption of high-cacao chocolate is associated with weight loss in mature individuals as well as younger individuals. There was a success in weight loss in both the old and young. However, it is not correlated to the high intake of chocolate. Individuals are more likely to lose weight by consuming chocolate at consistent amounts daily to witness desired results. A little bit, each day.
For example, a single serving of dark chocolate with 70% cacao provides:
- 16% of all your daily fiber
- The equivalent amount of protein you get in a cup of broccoli
- Satiety hormones are stimulated by the healthy fats found in cocoa butter
A balanced diet of fats, fiber, and protein contribute to a long-term sense of satiety that is present when people have eaten, albeit morning, noon, and evening. These nutritional elements bring a sense of peace and relaxation to people.
The psychological benefits are numerous as well. Consistent consumption of polyphenols present in chocolate (cacao) has been show to reduce stress and promote a positive change in mood. Chocolate frees your body and mind of the typical day-to-day stressors while under a healthy, controlled daily serving.
Polyphenols, found in cocoa-dense chocolate, can increase energy levels by increasing the number of energy-producing mitochondria in your muscles and rest of your body. Healthier mitochondria will leave you with greater resistance to fatigue and higher energy capacity. In turn, you can enjoy a more active lifestyle that will help you to burn more calories in the process.
THE LAST NIB
As you can see, you really CAN lose weight while consuming chocolate. Chocolate not only tastes great, but also can make you feel great. If consuming chocolate can change the way you feel physically and mentally, then there is no other choice but to incorporate a controlled, consistent helping of cocoa into your diet. Live well, stay healthy, and make a positive change… with a little cocoa in your life! 😀