Who says you can't eat dessert before dinner. In fact, eating a certain sweet before dinner can help you shed pounds.

According to the Daily Mail, eating chocolate before dinner might help you lose weight, because it suppresses your appetite.  But before you get too excited, it has to be dark chocolate.

It doesn't matter to me if it's dark or milk chocolate, I'll give it a try.

Researchers in England had three groups of women eat a tiny bit of chocolate before meals, and tracked them for three weeks to see how much they ate.

Some of them had dark chocolate, some had milk chocolate, and some had white chocolate.  And the ones who had dark chocolate consumed about 20% fewer calories during their next meal than the ones who ate milk chocolate.  But they felt just as full.

"So a tiny bit of dark chocolate before dinner might actually help you lose weight.  But obviously too much could do the opposite because of the extra calories."

I wonder if pizza will have the same benefits. I'll keep you posted.

[via: Daily Mail]