Want to know the secret to thinness? Indulge in a bit of chocolate on a regular basis. A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine from the University of California, San Diego says that regular chocolate consumption has been shown to result in a more svelte physique. That’s right, eating chocolate keeps you thinner than your non-chocolate-eating counterparts.
The study controlled for factors such as exercise, diabetes, and other lifestyle changes that may make a difference when looking at a group of 1018 20- to 86-year-olds. Those who ate chocolate at least two times a week ate more calories on average, but they also showed smaller BMIs, the ratio of height to weight, which means they were thinner and carrying around less body fat than those who did not indulge in a bit of chocolate on a regular basis.
My favorite quote comes from Dr. Beatrice Golomb, associate professor of medicine at the University of California-San Diego, who was quoted in Science Daily and USA Today, “Our findings appear to add to a body of information suggesting that the composition of calories, not just the number of them, matters for determining their ultimate impact on weight,” adding, “In the case of chocolate, this is good news–both for those who have a regular chocolate habit, and those who may wish to start one.”