6. Devouring chocolate
In recent years, dark chocolate (with at least 60% cocoa) has been praised for its cancer-fighting power and the blood pressure-reducing ability of its flavanols. Plus, those who truly savor chocolate in moderation—those who embrace “mindful eating” in other words—are less likely to overindulge on sugar and carbs throughout the day. For example, a 2012 study at Ohio State University found diabetic patients who went through a “mindful eating” course were just as successful at losing weight as those who took the typical nutrition program route. According to the study, learning how to pay attention to the body’s signs of hunger and satisfaction and to eat “in the moment” was shown to be just as helpful as learning about reading food labels and choosing nutritious meals.