Sweet News: Chocolate May Help You Lose Weight

“What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate.”– Katharine Hepburn

With that tiny waist, who was she kidding? But a new study suggests that Ms. Hepburn may have been on to something because eating chocolate can actually help you stay thin. Researchers at the University of California-San Diego found that people who frequently eat chocolate have lower body-mass indexes than people who don’t. Say what? We’ll repeat that, chocolate can help you lose weight. People in the study, whose ages ranged from 20 to 85, reported eating chocolate an average of twice a week and exercising an average of 3.6 times a week.

But hang on there chocolate monster, before you inhale that giant bunny patiently waiting for Easter, everything in moderation. While chocolate is derived from cocoa beans, that doesn’t make that candy bar a vegetable. Chocolate in its purest form, either dark chocolate or cocoa powder, is going to pack the most super powers of the cocoa bean, not its processed counterpart. Chocolate is still high in sugar and calories, so it is suggested to have a small amount regularly in addition to working out. But this is great news to relieve unnecessary guilt from chocoholics when they break down and have “just one piece,” and it’s reason for some of us to go ahead and pick up a chocolate habit.

Chocolate is also one of our favorite Sweet 16 Ingredients that will have you looking and feeling delicious. Check out all our Spa Week spas offering chocolate dipped $50 spa treatments below. Oh chocolate, how sweet it is to (love) and be loved by you.

  • 50 Min Swedish Massage with Cacao Absolute Aromatherapy/50 Min Chocolate Facial with Cacao Absolute Aromatherapy /60 Min Haircut with Chocolate Infused Coconut Hairtini Treatment at Zoe Salon & Spa in McLean & Fairfax, VA
  • 85 Min Chocolate Body Treatment with Swedish Massage at Diva Spa & Salon in Jersey City, NJ
  • 60 Min Cocoa Lotion Swedish Massage at Canary Orchid Retreat in Falls Church, VA
  • 50 Min Red Wine and Chocolate Facial and Glass of Wine at Spa Mystyk in Chicago, IL
  • 50 Min Chocolate Cake Ultimate Pedicure at Bellagio Salon and Day Spa in San Diego, CA
  • 50 Min Chocolate Scented Massage at The Chocolate Day Spa in Costa Mesa, CA,
  • 50 Min Package: Includes Chocolate Body Scrub and Massage at Magnolia European Organic Spa in New York City, NY
  • 75 Min Chocolate and Champagne Pedicure with Exfoliating Hand Treatment and Polish Change at Serenity in the City Salon & Spa in Medford, MA
  • 60 Min Anti-Aging Chocolate Bliss Facial including Brow Wax and Hand, Arm and Shoulder Massage at Pamper Me Skin Care in Wakefield, MA
  • 60 Min Anti-Aging Chocolate and Berry Facial at  CosMedica in Wakefield, MA
  • Chocolate-Rose Pedicure at Spa Butterfly in New York, NY
  • 50 Min Package: Includes Chocolate Body Scrub and Massage at Magnolia European Organic Spa in New York, NY

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