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Spring Diet Makeover

Are you ready to shed those bulky winter clothes? Follow these four diet makeover tips for a healthier, fitter springtime you


4. Chocolate Break. "One square of good-quality chocolate can go a long way in curbing cravings," says Ochsner Clinic's Molly Kimball. That means, yes, chocolate is not only permitted in a healthy eating program but actually encouraged. But stick to dark chocolate, says Kimball. Not only does the stronger flavor give you more satisfaction for every bite, but the antioxidant properties of dark chocolate have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure, and diabetes. Dark chocolate is also a good source of magnesium, iron, and potassium, and it boosts serotonin, which can have a positive influence on your mood

"Having a piece of chocolate every day is relaxing, indulgent ... and healthy," says Kimball. "Not to mention, it tastes good!"

Reviewed on March 03, 2008

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