Here, is fantastic news for all those chocolate lovers out there wanting to lose some weight, but told by some that they needed to stay away from their favorite food. Anyone who needs to lose weight can still indulge themselves on chocolates.
Those people belonging to the overweight and obese class, who ten added a little bit of chocolate on their diet every day lose around 11 pounds on their within just four months.
The study suggested by the chocolate company, Hershey. The company has provided some chocolates for the participant during the whole study.
Researcher Kathryn Piehowski says most people believe that when they are on a diet, they should deprive themselves of their favorite food. However, this is not the case if they are only going to eat a small portion of their favorite food daily.
Debra Keast, an outside researcher, claim that since chocolate is one of the most desired food. It would not be an effective snack for someone who wants to lose weight.
Keast noted that snacks that also include some fibre and protein would make a better snack, so that people would stay full until their next meal of the day. It is better than chocolate or other form of sweets. For the new study, Piehowski and her associates tracked the weight loss of 33 overweight and obese individuals advised to take on a reduced-calorie diet. Overweight described by owning a body mass index (BMI) — a measure of weight in relative with height — between 25 and 29.9; obese is a BMI over 30. A BMI stuck between 18.5, and 24.9 considered standard. The entire women, who participated in the study, were premenopausal, having BMIs between 25 and 43. Every one of the participants went to the weekly nutrition sessions and educated about a diet plan based on food swaps and portion size, aiming for 1,500 to 1,800 calories daily. Half of them got provided with small, dark chocolate snacks, so that they could indulge themselves with chocolate twice in one day and sugar-free cocoa for breakfast. The other group ate healthier as they ate fruit-flavored licorice snacks and drinks a sugar-free non-cocoa drink every morning.
Twenty-six of the participants were eager enough to complete the study, 13 on each group. Following the participants for four months, researchers found out that the two groups lost the 11 pounds. The researchers said that the research proves that women do not have to remove chocolate and other sweet snacks from their diets to see weight-loss triumph. All they have to do is to limit the sweets they are eating on a daily basis.