As summer approaches many of us turn our thoughts to dieting and getting in shape. But did you know that chocolate can actually be your friend when you’re trying to lose weight?
Neuroscientists have discovered that melting a small square of good quality dark chocolate on the tongue twenty minutes before eating a meal triggers our satiety hormones, telling our brain we’re full, so that we subsequently eat less. Repeating the process after a meal can help prevent snacking later too.
And that’s not all, as a moderate daily amount of fine dark chocolate offers other weight loss benefits too. Did you know it contains fibre which will keep you feeling full for longer and delay hunger pangs? And it can even reduce our stress hormone levels. Stress is known to trigger weight gain so keeping anxiety under control helps us avoid overeating.
Is it possible gourmet chocolate could also play a part in your exercise regime? I think it can! I’ve always believed you don’t have to give up the foods you enjoy to maintain a healthy lifestyle but I also believe in the value of exercise for nourishing the mind, body and spirit.