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Your health: The Chocolate Diet

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  • A new diet suggests eating dark chocolate every day can help you lose weight.

    A new diet suggests eating dark chocolate every day can help you lose weight.


The Chocolate Diet

Chocolate lovers, listen up! There's a new diet out that promises to let you eat chocolate to lose weight, reports CBS-Pitttsburg.

A new book says you can "Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight."

Dr. Will Clower, a neuroscientist, says eating chocolate can help you eat less all day. Studies conducted with thousands of people proved it.

"What we see in all these people is that the amount that they're hungry for at the plate will drop by a half to a third," he said. "And the amount that they're hungry for, the amount of between meal snacks that they have, will drop by about a half."

However, there are specific rules that you have to follow to make it work.

The first is the darker the chocolate, the better. Cocoa that is 70 percent or higher is ideal. Rule No. 2 is to make sure you eat the chocolate 20 minutes before and five minutes after lunch and dinner.

"With the little piece of wonderful, rich dark chocolate at the end of your meal, it stabilizes the sugar onset into your blood stream so that you have more of that blood sugar more often throughout the afternoon, so you're just not hungry," Clower explains.

The third rule to follow is to make sure each portion is no larger than the end joint of your thumb. Rule No. 4 is to savor the chocolate, not chew it, which might take some getting used to. Last, consistency is key. Rule No. 5 requires you to do this every day.

There are also other benefits in addition to weight loss if you eat dark chocolate. It gives you more energy, protects against sunburn, improves dental health, helps diabetics by stabilizing blood sugar, helps prevent cancer and improves your mood.

Physician shortage

Aging baby boomers coupled with a large percentage of older physicians who are nearing retirement is creating a physician shortage in some areas, The Tulsa Workd reports.

Aging baby boomers will need more services, especially in the areas of orthopedic and joint replacements, cardiovascular disease, and prevention of heart attack and stroke, said Dr. Gerard Clancy, president of the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa.

OSU Center for Health Sciences is tackling the workforce shortage by targeting high school students in rural and urban pockets where physician shortages exist and developing relationships with them, says Dr. Kayse Shrum, president of the OSU Center for Health Sciences, home to the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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