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How Eating Chocolate Can Help You Exercise More

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

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  • 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
  • SPUNOUTMOM
    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
  • JUDITHLAMBTUFTS
    I REALLY LOVED THIS GRAPHIC. IT REMINDED ME OF HOW CLASSICAL CONDITIONING WORKS. I PLAN TO TRY IT, AGAIN. THANKS! - 5/30/2014 6:43:39 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
  • Like the cartoon - my reward is a little piece of chocolate. Good cartoon!!!! - 4/9/2014 8:29:10 AM
  • AGINGPUNKCHICK
    Similar to positive reinforcement training in dogs/cats. Us mammals are so similar, but us humans need and extra piece of that fraction so its not exactly positive reinforcement, although along those lines. Chocolate being a reward is great, but it could be whatever (like allowing yourself to go shopping for something, or take a bubble bath or whatever that reward works for you), so long as its a reward so your brains associates (queue) that good behavior (habit) to that formation (exercise in this case) . What a cute video this is too and it explained that process so very well. - 2/11/2014 3:24:01 PM
  • I would have a hard time with rewarding myself with chocolate too. Fortunately, I have no problem with the exercise thing. I started walking for my health 10.5 years ago and don't miss very often. Now if there was a way to get control of my eating like I have done with exercise... - 2/11/2014 2:16:38 PM
  • My reward is a hot jacuzzi bath.
    Forget the food! - 2/11/2014 1:20:41 PM
  • My problem would be I could not stop at one, I'm not happy until the bag is empty. - 2/11/2014 10:38:20 AM
  • Not sure about making food a reward, but I get the idea. - 2/11/2014 9:07:39 AM