Best News Ever & Teamwork & Paradox on your Plate

BEST NEWS EVER
No joke: Eating chocolate could help you stay svelte. People who enjoy the sweet treat a few times a week have a lower body-mass index (BMI) than those who indulge less often, reports the Archives of Internal Medicine.
BEST NEWS EVER

And this holds true even though choco addicts consume more
calories overall and tend to exercise less. Say what? Antioxidants in cocoa called epicatechin may rev metabolism, partially offsetting the calories in the goody, say researchers. Still, to keep your waistline in check, limit yourself to 100 calories of dark chocolate per day.

Teamwork
Teamwork

A group effort may lead to greater weight-loss success. Participants on teams were more likely to shed at least 5 percent of their weight when their comrades did as well.
Source: Obesity

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PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE WHO WOULD PREFER THAT THEIR DIET FOODS INCLUDE ONLY ALL-NATURAL INGREDIENTS AND NO PRESERVATIVES
Source: Harris Interactive

PARADOX ON YOUR PLATE
Americans know more about the nutritional value of food than the French do, according to a study in the British Journal of Nutrition.When quizzed about the fat content of foods,
Americans aced 96 percent of the questions, while the French got 75 percent right. And yet, the obesity rate in the U.S. is nearly three times higher than it is in France. To Frenchify your
eating, have smaller portions in courses (say, a cup of soup and then half a sandwich). This will slow your pace, encourage you to savor your food, and help you feel fuller with less,
says Carol Cottrill, author of The French Twist: Twelve Secrets of Decadent Dining and Natural Weight Management. Here’s more on the international divide:
PARADOX ON YOUR PLATE


Eat Your  Words
Watch what comes out of your mouth:
In a study in the Journal of Consumer Research, 80 percent of women stuck  with their diets

by saying “I don’t eat that” to temptations, while only 10 percent succeeded using “I can’t eat that.” “I can’t signals deprivation, which makes you more likely to cave, whereas I don’t signals determination and empowerment, making your refusal more effective,” says study autho Vanessa Patrick, Ph.D., of the University of Houston. But you don’t have to announce that you don’t eat cake; reframing your self-talk works too.


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