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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 don't believe this. It may work for other people, but things like this do not work for me. Chocolate is just too addictive, and I don't stick with just one small piece as a reward for doing something difficult. In situations like this I will quickly switch to not doing the workout at all. and eating a whole big bag of chocolate. YMMV, though. If this works for you, go for it. - 6/4/2016 7:08:28 AM
  • I'm sorry to be so distracted by this, but the text kept saying 'queue' (a line of people waiting) instead of 'cue' (a trigger). Please fix this, because it was a good message. - 5/23/2016 10:31:10 AM
  • LOULOUWLG403
    I literally hate to exercise, maybe that's why after being here a year I've only lost 40 lbs.
    I know you say that's great! I expected to lose it all by now. So maybe I'll try the square of chocolate after I exercise. Have a Blessed Day on the Lord's Day & a Happy Easter! LYL! - 3/27/2016 2:30:21 PM
  • EATSCLEAN110
    I love information like this and I have 78% dark chocolate squares AND I have not yet exercised for the day. Will try this and see if I can am aware of the reward factor, makes sense. - 2/12/2016 2:35:41 PM
  • I don't eat chocolate but I eat after I exercise. - 2/12/2016 11:29:25 AM
  • I love chocolate too much and I am afraid if I pair it with exercise (which I hate) I'll make an habit of eating chocolate (which I try not too eat). - 2/10/2016 11:36:46 AM

  • I love chocolate. - 2/3/2016 3:50:36 PM
  • To break a habit, find a buddy who is trying to break the same habit and you can hold each other accountable. - 1/16/2016 9:46:01 PM
  • LOULOUWLG403
    I was disappointed because it said chocolate, not cigarettes. I broke my cigarette habit in
    1999, the hard way, on the respirator! I don't suggest anyone ever do it that way, unless
    your life depends on it! Have a Fabulous & Blessed Friday! - 1/15/2016 8:47:00 AM
  • 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
  • LOULOUWLG403
    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