STARTING your day with chocolate could help you burn fat and supercharge your weight loss, scientists have claimed.
A balanced diet consists of still having a little bit of what we fancy and experts have said that also eating chocolate at night could bolster your weight loss efforts.
Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, US, looked at the benefits of including chocolate in diets.
They recorded data from 19 postmenopausal women.
Milk chocolate is known for high sugar and high levels of fat and isn't the first food you think of when going on a diet.
In order to test whether chocolate could help with weight loss, each woman consumed 100g of milk chocolate either within one our of waking up, or within one hour of going to bed.
The experts then compared weight gain in women who had the chocolate and women who didn't.
The study, published in the FASEB Journal could be relief for many women who want to lose weight, but don't want to give up chocolate.
NO HUNGER PANGS
Eating chocolate in the morning or at night did not make a difference on weight, the researchers found.
They also stated that consuming chocolate can influence hunger and appetite, as well as sleep.
In the morning, they said eating chocolate could help with fat burn and could also reduce glucose levels in the blood.
At night, they said it could alter metabolism and led to more regular sleep patterns.
Frank A.J. L. Scheer, neuroscientist with the division of sleep and circadian disorders said: "Having chocolate in the morning or in the evening/night results in differential effects on hunger and appetite, substrate oxidation, fasting glucose, microbiota (composition and function), and sleep and temperature rhythms.
"Our findings highly that not only ‘what’ but also ‘when’ we eat can impact physiological mechanisms involved in the regulation of body weight."
The trial lasted for 14 days and the researchers said that aside from the chocolate, the women were allowed to eat "any other foods".
During the two weeks they could only have milk chocolate – but were allowed to have other sweets and treats.
The researchers added: "Results show that when eating chocolate, females were less hungry and had less desire for sweets than with no chocolate, especially when taking chocolate during the evening/night.
"Moreover, daily cortisol levels were lower when eating chocolate in the morning than at evening/night."
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