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Can eating chocolate for breakfast help you lose weight?

A new study published in The FASEB Journal (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) has found that eating chocolate at certain times of the day, early or late, can have unexpected effects on health.

El study, conducted by neuroscientist Frank AJL Scheer and scientist Marta Garaulet, both from the Departments of Medicine and Neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Murcia, has led to the conclusion that eating a quantity of chocolate for a limited period of time in the morning or a few hours before going to sleep can help regulate weight.

Researchers have conducted a randomized, controlled, crossover trial of 19 women postmenopausal what did they consume 100 g of chocolate in the morning (one hour after waking up or at night (one hour before bedtime) and have verified that the chocolate it can help the body burn fat and lower blood sugar levels.

"Drinking chocolate in the morning or in the afternoon / night produces differential effects on hunger and appetite, substrate oxidation, fasting glucose, microbiota and sleep and temperature rhythms" has stated Dr. Frank AJL Scheer. "Our findings show that when We eat can affect the physiological mechanisms involved in the regulation of body weight ”.

Participants in the trial “did not gain weight despite increased caloric intake,” but instead, contrary to what might be assumed, the results showed “that chocolate reduced ad libitum energy intake, consistent with reduction observed in hunger, appetite and desire for sweets that was shown in previous studies ”, Dr. Marta Garaulet emphasized.


In Spain there are more than 8 million women who are in menopause, and half do not go to their gynecologist when they experience the symptoms of menopause, probably because they do not know what These symptoms can be mitigated or even avoided.

Dr. Montserrat Manubens, specialist in Gynecology and Obstetrics,  Head of the Unit Women's CD Menopause and a benchmark with extensive experience in the study of prevention, treatment and comprehensive care of women in menopause reminds us that to face menopause, "medical advice is essential ”.

Symptoms can be prevented and avoided, especially the osteoporosis and vascular disease, which are the most serious. For this, it is necessary to start some simple changes already in young stages of life: maintain a balanced diet to avoid increasing cholesterol and at the same time rich in calcium for prevent bone loss. And exercising regularly, which is extremely beneficial to improve blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, osteoporosis and to improve mood.

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