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(BBC)   Eating chocolate regularly may make you thinner. No, wait, regularly doesn't mean once a minute. Seriously, I don't have any chocola- OW MY FINGER   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 46
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2012-03-27 02:28:15 AM
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2012-03-27 05:45:34 AM
It's not the chocolate that makes you fat. It's the nougat.
 
2012-03-27 05:51:36 AM
It isn't the chocolate that makes you fat. It's the Buckwild.

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2012-03-27 05:53:34 AM
What you need to go for is that 70% cocoa and up kinda chocolate. a LOT less sugar and milk and stuff in there (which is what makes you fat) and the cocoa is good for you, so it's win-win. I like mine with mint flavour too.


/accomplished choc-zombie
 
2012-03-27 05:56:05 AM
vicmackey.trakt.tv

CHOCOLATE!
 
2012-03-27 05:57:05 AM
Excellent news, I'm off to stuff myself with chocolate until I look anorexic.
 
2012-03-27 06:05:06 AM
Chocolate can also lead to sex, but yeah, that too.
 
2012-03-27 06:07:46 AM
I love how TFA says that the probability of the results being due to chance are one in 100. First, stupid explanation of a p-value. Second, reporting a 0.01 p-value alone is pretty much crap.

Correlation does not equal causation. Some fat people can't tolerate sugar. I'm a fat woman who won't eat candy on any kind of regular basis, and that includes chocolate, whether it's 70% or otherwise. I also won't eat cookies, cakes, or anything grain+sugar because it has such a horrible effect on my body -- I get systemic inflammation from ingesting sugar or grains or even alcohol on a regular basis. Joints get really painful, muscles ache, feel like crap --not diabetes, just inflammation. I get sugar from some fruit during the day and that's about it. Sucks because I love beer.

Besides any medical reasons for avoiding sugar when you're fat, there's a special politically-correct attitude about fat people eating anything remotely delicious. If you're a fat person, you know what it's like to get in a store line with a piece of chocolate or a bag of chips. You're going to get the skinny farks smirking or glowering at you so you want to shove the chocolate up their ass.

/yes, there are plenty of skinny farks on the east coast
 
2012-03-27 06:09:22 AM

DO NOT WANT Poster Girl: If you're a fat person, you know what it's like to get in a store line with a piece of chocolate or a bag of chips.


Practice makes perfect.
 
2012-03-27 06:18:36 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: DO NOT WANT Poster Girl: If you're a fat person, you know what it's like to get in a store line with a piece of chocolate or a bag of chips.

Practice makes perfect.


Yea, only 100,000,000 skinny farks left to anally violate with a Hershey's Almond bar.
 
2012-03-27 06:36:05 AM
only time i see an attractive, thin, muscular person eat junk foods is in TV commercials. in real life it's usually fat bastards everywhere you look nom nom noming.
 
2012-03-27 06:42:35 AM

DO NOT WANT Poster Girl: ... I also won't eat cookies, cakes, or anything grain+sugar ...


...and yet you say you are still fat. All the time I keep hearing it is the sugar in the modern diet that makes people fat and all one needs to do it cut out sugar and - hey presto! - skinny person. So sugar isn't quite the concentrated evil it is made out to be after all. Nice to know.
 
2012-03-27 06:43:34 AM

KrispyKritter: only time i see an attractive, thin, muscular person eat junk foods is in TV commercials. in real life it's usually fat bastards everywhere you look nom nom noming.


Your name sounds tasty....
 
2012-03-27 06:53:31 AM

Nidiot: Excellent news, I'm off to stuff myself with chocolate until I look anorexic.


Sounds like an excellent plan. :)
 
2012-03-27 06:56:59 AM

KrispyKritter: only time i see an attractive, thin, muscular person eat junk foods is in TV commercials. in real life it's usually fat bastards everywhere you look nom nom noming.


I see attractive, thin people eat KFC on a regular basis. Jerks... Ive put on thirty pounds in the year i've worked there....
 
2012-03-27 07:01:40 AM

Smoking GNU: What you need to go for is that 70% cocoa and up kinda chocolate. a LOT less sugar and milk and stuff in there (which is what makes you fat) and the cocoa is good for you, so it's win-win. I like mine with mint flavour too.


/accomplished choc-zombie


Yeah, I used to do bars (well, squares of bars of ) 75% until I ran out (and haven't bothered to look for where I originally got the case from).

Also, Stash Teas no longer sells White Tea in bags, only loose. This annoys me.

/lazy
 
2012-03-27 07:40:03 AM
nobody better lay a finger on my butt finger
 
2012-03-27 07:58:56 AM
I have actively pissed women off with my ability to eat chocolate and then lose weight. I think it was a magnesium deficiency or something, and the chocolate always seemed to get me that extra 5 - 10 lbs. off that I wanted to shed, back before I got old. It didn't take much either-- just a couple of pieces a day. I swear by this; I could plateau, and then the day I ate chocolate: *bam* weight loss. Nice to see that science justified me.
 
2012-03-27 07:59:18 AM

Nidiot: DO NOT WANT Poster Girl: ... I also won't eat cookies, cakes, or anything grain+sugar ...

...and yet you say you are still fat. All the time I keep hearing it is the sugar in the modern diet that makes people fat and all one needs to do it cut out sugar and - hey presto! - skinny person. So sugar isn't quite the concentrated evil it is made out to be after all. Nice to know.


Carbs and oils will get you there just fine. There's nothing quite so pathetic as fat vegetarians. I know a few.
 
2012-03-27 08:08:10 AM
I just had some 99% the first time I read this thread.

But I really want to try some 1% chocolate.

/eat the rich...creamy chocolate
 
2012-03-27 08:34:26 AM
www.britishdelights.com
 
2012-03-27 08:37:54 AM
If this is anything like chocolate being good for your heart, the unmentioned catch is that it has to be greater than 80% cacao dark chocolate. Have you ever have 80% dark chocolate? It's not very good.
 
2012-03-27 08:54:14 AM
DO NOT WANT Poster Girl



You're fat. Battle's lost. Why not enjoy life? Eat all the candy you want
 
2012-03-27 09:08:47 AM

DO NOT WANT Poster Girl: I love how TFA says that the probability of the results being due to chance are one in 100. First, stupid explanation of a p-value. Second, reporting a 0.01 p-value alone is pretty much crap.


Well then, how exaclty would you explain p-value to a layperson? I also don't see what your issue withi .01 is. Typically we are willing to accept a Type I error rate of up to five percent. and when the stakes involved with a type I error were low (i.e. no one was going to die or lose their job), I have seen people set alpha at .10 in order to improve power. Just curious as to why you feel that way.

I also love how in the article they caution against inferring causality then proceed right to talking about causality. Still better than most correlational studies I see reported in the media.
 
2012-03-27 09:20:55 AM
I put cocoa (unsweetened) in my protein shakes. It is surprisingly healthy.
 
2012-03-27 09:35:40 AM

machoprogrammer: I put cocoa (unsweetened) in my protein shakes. It is surprisingly healthy.


Could you taste the health?
 
2012-03-27 09:41:43 AM

DO NOT WANT Poster Girl: AverageAmericanGuy: DO NOT WANT Poster Girl: If you're a fat person, you know what it's like to get in a store line with a piece of chocolate or a bag of chips.

Practice makes perfect.

Yea, only 100,000,000 skinny farks left to anally violate with a Hershey's Almond bar.


Is this like McDonalds? Over 100,000,000 Skinny Farks Violated!
 
2012-03-27 09:51:24 AM
My personal unscientific theory: if you eat one small piece of chocolate regularly*, you will eat less overall than if you deny yourself, and then slip and binge. In our house, we finish almost every dinner (and some lunches too) with a bite of good chocolate. Just one, but that's enough.

Also, for surprisingly cheap, excellent chocolate, go to Aldi. They've got a great selection, and being German, it all kicks ass over American crap. The SO's fave is extreme dark with chilies.

* if you are an addict, this probably will not work for you
 
2012-03-27 10:09:30 AM
I see subby has met my wife.

We do not share chocolate desserts safely...
 
2012-03-27 10:13:51 AM

Pumpernickel bread: DO NOT WANT Poster Girl: I love how TFA says that the probability of the results being due to chance are one in 100. First, stupid explanation of a p-value. Second, reporting a 0.01 p-value alone is pretty much crap.

Well then, how exaclty would you explain p-value to a layperson? I also don't see what your issue withi .01 is. Typically we are willing to accept a Type I error rate of up to five percent. and when the stakes involved with a type I error were low (i.e. no one was going to die or lose their job), I have seen people set alpha at .10 in order to improve power. Just curious as to why you feel that way.

I also love how in the article they caution against inferring causality then proceed right to talking about causality. Still better than most correlational studies I see reported in the media.


I agree. This is about as good an explanation of statistics for lay people as I could reasonably expect. It's got a quick and dirty explanation of what a p-value is (bonus: didn't even have to mention a confusing term like "p-value") and it has a caution about correlation != causation.
If you want the serious statistics and econometric analysis you should probably be looking at the source article rather than the BBC summary.
 
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2012-03-27 10:15:29 AM
Looks like my wife is going to live forever

www.foodiggity.com
 
2012-03-27 10:24:02 AM
I laughed out loud, subby. Nice headline.
 
2012-03-27 10:32:11 AM
images4.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-03-27 11:01:25 AM
I dunnunderstan dis! I been eadin d'chocolid all my live and I stillnodskinny!

/Read it in Phil Hendrie's fat guy voice
//If you know who Phil is...
 
2012-03-27 11:11:25 AM
My dentist nicked a nerve and gave a shot of some sort of opiate pain killer. For six months afterward I had an insatiable craving for chocolate - I gained at least 30 pounds. It took about a year to lose it, after the cravings subsided - which was a sudden thing (literally one day it was still there, and the next it was gone).
 
2012-03-27 11:22:45 AM
I eat 3 or 4 ounces of chocolate a day, every day. I suppose I could stop, but I'd rather not. Just chocolate--not chocolate cake, or cookies, or chocolate ice cream. I get antsy when I run out, but damn, it's getting expensive to support my habit. It doesn't seem to have any affect on my weight, in fact I haven't even put on the winter pounds the last few years. But I don't eat much otherwise.

The story would probably be different if I didn't exercise like a fiend. If I didn't have my chocolate supply I'd be too depressed to exercise. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
 
2012-03-27 11:39:33 AM
www.sogoodblog.com

It's a prescription-only thing.
 
2012-03-27 11:51:09 AM

Julieahni: machoprogrammer: I put cocoa (unsweetened) in my protein shakes. It is surprisingly healthy.

Could you taste the health?


Actually, yes! Pure cocoa is actually pretty tasty when you mix it with milk.
 
2012-03-27 12:02:10 PM
I stopped eating French choco-biscuits for breakfast and I put on ten pounds. It could just be the Winter blahs, of course.

I'll have to get back to eating more of the stuff now that I got the ten pounds off by eating smaller lunches and otherwise reducing my caloric intake.

I'm not saying there's a causal link between the chocolate and ten pounds, but this study suggests there might be and it's not the first. All in all, there's a lot less danger in eating a couple squares of dark chocolate, or even four, than in having a snack of potato chips (310 calories) and Coke (140 Calories). Two ounces of chips and a Coke total 450 calories--that's a small meal in itself.
 
2012-03-27 12:09:04 PM
One of my ice cream bars is a shocking 250 calories, which is about the same as a small TV dinner (not the Hungry Man one pound dinners). Better to have the dark chocolate than a giant coffee and a muffin (1,000,000 calories--I found Smurfs living in the last one I ate--at first I thought they were blueberries).

I use TV dinners as a measure of snack calories (I have named it the Swanson = 300 Calories) because so many snacks are roughly half a TV dinner, a whole TV dinner, or a Big Pig Out TV Dinner. My usual snack portion is 1.5 Swansons. This is a lot more meaningful than the crap information about portions on boxes and bags.

Homer Simpson, when he hit 310 pounds, was probably carrying around 150 pounds of fat, which is nearly 3,000,000 Caloires, or 10,000 Swansons.

The Swanson is named after the TV dinners, not Gloria Swanson, who weighed a lot less than Homer Simpson's fat even when he was his normal "thin" Homer self.

If I simply replaced all my snacks with tea and a modest snack like my parents eat frequently, I would lose thirty pounds in less than half a year, I expect, especially if I ate old people portions (which is what a normal meal in 1970 looked like). This is very hard to do.

Black tea is God's way of telling you to relax, everything is going to be alright. You might want to have some with your chocolate, or possibly an apple. An apple with tea is very rich in the same sort of anti-oxidants that make chocolate potentially healthful, provided it is the real thing and not "milk" chocolate, full of wax, polysaturated and hydrogenized vegetable oils, sugar, and milk, or as the French all it, la merde Anglo-Américaine.
 
2012-03-27 03:17:22 PM
Woody Allen was right!
 
2012-03-27 03:26:57 PM
I have an all-chocolate-all-the-time candy jar on my desk at work, so am getting a kick, of course. (Come on down and help yourselves, Farkers.)
 
2012-03-27 05:37:46 PM
According to scientists these are other things that may make you thinner:

Jogging.
Walking.
Breathing.
Thinking.
Existing.
 
2012-03-27 07:13:19 PM

cryinoutloud: I eat 3 or 4 ounces of chocolate a day, every day. I suppose I could stop, but I'd rather not. Just chocolate--not chocolate cake, or cookies, or chocolate ice cream. I get antsy when I run out, but damn, it's getting expensive to support my habit. It doesn't seem to have any affect on my weight, in fact I haven't even put on the winter pounds the last few years. But I don't eat much otherwise.

The story would probably be different if I didn't exercise like a fiend. If I didn't have my chocolate supply I'd be too depressed to exercise. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.


Three or four ounces? Is that all? Pfft... amateur.
 
2012-03-27 09:30:58 PM
Lately I have been making Hot Chocolate from just the unsweetened powder, a dash of hot sauce and a little honey. Aztec style.

its more like coffee than a dessert but its good, low cal and apparently good for you.

/now they just need some little marshmallows that prevent cancer...
 
2012-03-27 09:36:41 PM

AlgaeRancher: now they just need some little marshmallows that prevent cancer...


only when taken rectally
 
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