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Eating chocolate can help with weight loss

Tuesday - 2/11/2014, 2:32pm  ET

Rohan Williamson, special to wtop.com

WASHINGTON -- If you love to eat chocolate, you might be in luck. According to a report on CBS Pittsburgh, there's a new diet that allows you to consume chocolate and still lose weight.

In his new book, "Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight," neuroscientist Will Clower says that eating chocolate 20 minutes before and 5 minutes after lunch and dinner can decrease your appetite by up to 50 percent.

"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," Clower tells CBS Pittsburgh.

Clower says chocolate preserves the amount of sugar in your bloodstream, making you less hungry. It also boosts energy, puts you in a better mood, and can even protect against cancer.

Each helping of chocolate should be no bigger than the end of your thumb, and it's best to eat dark chocolate because it contains more cocoa.

The book was released this week and contains recipes to let you incorporate chocolate into recipes to make healthier foods.

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