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chocolate and weight loss

Categorize this in news that help beat Monday blues: A new research study suggets that chocolate eaters tend to be slimmer than non-chocolate eaters.

Researchers studied 1,000 adults in Southern California and asked them how frequently they ate chocolate with other diet-related questions. They also calculated their body mass index (BMI), the Wall Street Journal reported.

Their results of the study, published on Monday in the journal Archives of Medicine, showed that the participants who ate chocolate more often during the week had a lower BMI than those who did not. And they tended to eat more calories overall and did not exercise more!

But don't eat mountains of chocolate at every meal just yet. The researchers caution that they only found an association, not a direct causation that says eating chocolate more frequently leads to more weight loss.

The association may suggest that chocolate may make the calories you eat less likely to be stored as fat, Dr. Beatrice Golomb, an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, said.

The findings suggest something in chocolate may make the calories you eat less likely to be deposited as fat, Dr. Beatrice Golomb, associate professor in the department of medicine at the University of California, San Diego told MSNBC.

"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," Dr. Golomb told the Wall Street Journal.

And in case you're wondering if you can really eat a lot of chocolate, researchers found that those who ate a lot of chocolate frequently had higher BMIs than those who ate less chocolate less frequently.

When you do go for some chocolate in celebration of this news, choose dark chocolate. It offers more health benefits — more antioxidants and less sugar — than other varieties.

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