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Eating this sweet food would boost weight loss

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Written by Martin M. Haupt

The best way to boost weight loss

Candies, cakes, sodas… We know it: these sweet foods are not slimming allies. However, one particularly popular sweet could help you lose weight, according to a study: milk chocolate. Explanations.

Losing weight by eating sweet foods, an impossible dream? Researchers may have granted food lovers’ wishes by making a surprising discovery: eating milk chocolate would not make you fat. If we know the health virtues of dark chocolate, to imagine that sweeter milk chocolate could be a slimming ally is particularly surprising. And even more incredible: consumed in the morning, this tasty food would even help to burn calories! The results of this study were published in the FASEB Journal.

Eating milk chocolate in the morning would reduce energy intake and boost weight loss

To reach this surprising conclusion, the researchers followed 19 menopausal women for two weeks. The participants were separated into two groups: those in the first group had to eat 100 g of milk chocolate in the morning, within an hour of waking up, while those in the second group had to eat 100 g of milk chocolate in the evening, within an hour of going to bed.

Result: the volunteers did not gain weight. But that’s not all: the researchers also discovered that the time of day consumed chocolate had different consequences.

Eating chocolate in the evening improved sleep patterns and reduced appetite. Eating this sweet food in the morning would have even more benefits: it would lower fasting blood sugar, reduce cortisol levels associated with stress, as well as energy intake “by reducing fat and carbohydrates,” says the study.

Chocolate for slimming? A strategy that has limits

After reading this good news, you are about to put 100 g of chocolate on your breakfast menu? Be careful! This study has several limitations, particularly related to the fact that it was conducted on a small sample and over a short period of time.

If the participants did not gain weight, it is probably because “many people who struggle to lose weight actually consume very few calories and are known to skip breakfast,” explains Insider Shena Jaramillo, a U.S. dietitian. According to the specialist, it is therefore normal that adding chocolate – or any other food – in his eating routine promotes the feeling of satiety and therefore weight loss.

However, “it is not a desirable strategy in the long term”, according to Lauren Harris-Pincus, an American dietician interviewed by Verywell Health. And for good reason: “Consuming 30% of your daily calories from chocolate is not ideal, because it takes the place of necessary nutrients from other foods,” she concludes.

To keep your figure, there is no miracle recipe: indulge sensibly with chocolate, all as part of a balanced diet!

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