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How Eating Chocolate Can Help You Exercise More

Chocolate lovers, rejoice! Here's how your "habit" can help you get even healthier!

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  • Great way to explain the why and hows to break bad habits. Love the comment by KOSHIE1 Chocolate for me is the best reward. It can be in any form to work. A protein shake after my workout with unsweetened ground cocoa beans is low cal and low sugar plus takes away my cravings and I don't over eat it. - 11/20/2015 2:20:13 PM
  • Excellent! I have some bad habits I am working on. This certainly sheds some much needed light on why I have difficulty with changing. - 10/27/2015 12:19:15 PM
  • I liked this and it makes since. I have a hard time exercising so I might try this see if it works. - 10/12/2015 3:04:49 AM
  • Thanks for the info. Something to think about. I'll try the small reward after exercising. - 10/11/2015 2:30:08 PM
  • That makes a lot of sense, if you can be sensible with your candy & it should be dark chocolate. Have a Super & Blessed Saturday! - 9/5/2015 2:20:38 PM
  • I've been exercising 3x weekly (aerobics).... and it stuck for the first time ever (15 YEARS now!) because of the reward. After exercise, my group all goes for coffee, where we solve world problems and bolster each other. We've become friends, and this is how we started to share our lives. It has become much more.

    I read all the comments. Some don't understand food as a reward. I get that point of view, I really do! However, I'll explain why food is SO effective, particularly carb-based food: All carbs break down in the digestive system to simple sugars. Sugars biochemically affect the reward centers of the brain. This effect is fairly fast, and direct, and obvious. It isn't something you have to think about to make the connection. The reward just "happens" when you eat carbs and sugar. So that makes it VERY powerful. It isn't that eating is a "bad" reward; it is eating TOO much of the reward food that makes it "bad". - 8/31/2015 7:55:19 PM
  • I read this book, and recommend it highly! There's a lot of great info, and it's not self-help. Instead, it's all science-based. Don't worry though, it's not dry at all! The author did a great job. - 8/22/2015 5:54:49 PM
    I know this works. My reward after a long run is to have a protein shake with chocolate, frozen banana & peanut butter. It tastes very decadent but is a fantastic recovery meal. I also have friends that have a reward but also a punishment if they don't work out or make their goals they have to eat a cup of canned dog food. The punishment is just as strong if not stronger to make sure they do their exercise for the week. - 8/13/2015 5:41:58 PM
  • I believe eating food is the wrong type of reward for doing exercise and losing weight. I feel that a non food reward is best. - 7/21/2015 12:33:27 PM
  • Definitely dark chocolate, it's my go to when I'm treating myself...yyuuuumm
    mmmmyyyyy! - 5/28/2015 10:42:17 PM
  • I buy the dark chocolate or semi-dark chocolate chips for cookies or whatever. When I have finished with a workout that I feel was extremely exhausting, I'll measure out 1/2 the amount of the servings and eat them one at a time. Slowly letting them melt on my tongue! It really makes me want to workout and put effort into the workout too, not just go through the motion! - 4/2/2015 1:06:45 PM
  • Great idea, I am going to try this and see how it works. - 7/17/2014 2:20:30 PM
  • Ahhhhh...the bowl of mini Tootsie Rolls at Planet Fitness makes perfect sense now!! - 5/10/2014 5:39:44 PM
  • Great concept.

    I work at a college and one of our student clubs sold valentines with a quit smoking saying and a piece of chocolate taped to it. I received 15+.

    I did quit smoking 9 weeks ago and for every week, I got to eat a piece of chocolate.

    It worked for me. - 4/22/2014 11:01:36 PM