Lose weight with chocolate? It’s possible, according to several European studies. Here’s how this naturally antioxidant-rich wonder can help you lose weight and maintain weight loss:
- Chocolate helps control hunger—just the smell alone increases the release of appetite-control hormones, thanks to powerful antioxidants. Dark chocolate has the highest concentration of these antioxidants to help manage hunger.
- Chocolate indulgence helps reduce cravings—eating a little bit of the #1 food people crave the most can help prevent overindulgence. Depriving yourself of a small treat creates constant yearning and leads to over-doing it.
- Chocolate helps block fat—an Italian study found antioxidants in cocoa improved fat-storage hormones in overweight volunteers.