In part 1 I mentioned that I had a secret, I ate chocolate every day of my Fat X Project. I also mentioned why I believe it helped me lose fat weight and that one of these reasons was that chocolate elevates serotonin levels in the brain. Before you go out and load up on Snicker, Hershey and Twix bars, let me explain what type of chocolate I'm referring to and also a little more on serotonin and how it can help with weight loss and fat burning.
The type of chocolate that's found in common candy bars is referred to as milk chocolate. This is not the type of chocolate that will boost your serotonin levels and help with weight loss. The type of chocolate I'm talking about is referred to as dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is considered chocolate that contains 65% cacao or more. The more cacao it has, the more bitter it tastes, but also the more helpful it is in weight loss and fat burning.
So how does dark chocolate help with weight loss and fat burning? Here's were serotonin comes into play. Dark chocolate has been shown to boost serotonin levels. Serotonin has various functions, but what is of interest to those that want to lose weight, or burn fat, is that it controls appetite, mood, and anger. BINGO!
Now this doesn't mean you should go eat two or three bars of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is still high in calories so you do have to moderate intake. When I did the original Fat X Project I had a a couple of pieces throughout the day and I do believe it helped with cravings for other types of junk food. Maybe it's just me, but it does make sense. Give it a try and see if it helps you.