One reason women hesitate to focus on weight loss even though better health dictates it might be a necessity is that it is hard to give up beloved foods like chocolate. If that is what is stopping you, however, there is good news. You do not have to give up chocolate. In fact, you can eat chocolate and still lose weight.

Chocolate reduces appetite

Common sense says that anyone can lose weight with proper nutrition and exercise even while eating chocolate in moderation, but Will Clower, PhD and author of Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight, claims that eating it 20 minutes before a meal and five minutes after one curbs the appetite by as much as a whopping fifty percent. And the benefits do not stop there.

Chocolate prevents insulin resistance

A study conducted at the University of L’Aquila in Italy suggests that chocolate is good for your overall health as well. According to the university study, chocolate helps regulate blood sugar levels. The study concludes that people eating one dark chocolate candy bar a day are less likely to develop insulin resistance. Researchers explain that it is the flavonoid content in dark chocolate that curbs the potential for insulin resistance.

Additionally, there are certain fats found in dark chocolate that also absorb sugar, keeping it from getting into the bloodstream. This is good because too much sugar in the blood stream causes insulin spikes that send sugar to the fat cells of the body. Insulin spikes also create hunger instead of control it, and too many insulin spikes may lead to diabetes.

Dark chocolate the key

The benefits of eating chocolate every day seem to be clear. Research from around the world touts the value of eating dark chocolate for weight loss purposes. It alleviates cravings for other things not so good for your health, such as sweet, salty, and otherwise unhealthy snack foods. Anyone trying to lose weight knows the value of avoiding food cravings between meals and snack time, especially unhealthy ones.

The key is to eat only dark chocolate and to consume it in small amounts. The other types have too much added sugar content and have milk as an added ingredient, which also adds sugar. Dark chocolate is slightly bitter, which makes it less likely that you will go overboard on consumption. Too much dark chocolate will still raise sugar and fat levels, therefore a serving size of dark chocolate should be no bigger than the end of your thumb. You really can eat it in moderation and still lose weight.