Attention all chocoholics! Researchers have evidence to prove chocolate for breakfast can help you lose weight and it's the best news we've heard all year.
A recent study published in The FASEB Journal explored the notion that it's not only important to look at what we eat but also when we eat it, with a particular focus on chocolate.
Researchers examined 19 postmenopausal women over a set of two-week sessions (with one-week breaks in between) for 9 weeks.
Each were randomly assigned to either eat 100g of chocolate in the morning (within 1 hour of waking), 100g of chocolate in the evening (within 1 hour of bed time), or no chocolate at all.
Participants wore a wristwatch which monitored their temperature, pulse rhythms and physical activity. Data of sleep patterns, cortisol in saliva and fecal samples were also collected during the trial.
The results were music to our ears! First and foremost, "females did not gain significant body weight with chocolate intake."
Our results show that 14 days of chocolate intake did not increase body weight.
The study also proved that having your chocolate fix in the morning instead of at night can help burn body fat, decrease fasting glucose levels and improve microbiota function.
Researchers also concluded that when consumed within an hour of waking up, chocolate can curb cravings later in the day and decreased hunger.
In conclusion, 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. Results highlight that the “when” we eat is a relevant factor to consider in energy balance and metabolism.
You now have permission to swap out those kale and spinach smoothies and sub in a block-of-choc for brekky!