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Rather than seeing fat cells as the enemy, fat plays a key role in regulating vital energy supplies and even helps the immune system. Fat cells can also sense a bacterial or viral attack and join in the fight by producing proteins that cause inflammation which kills off infection. A degree of fat protects our organs, and can give you a reserve for older age that can help keep you alive for longer. A bit of plump can also increase bone density due to the extra weight you are carrying, plus fat will act as a reserve for certain vitamins (A, D, E & K) and minerals.
For the females amongst us, it helps give women a feminine body shape, and for both sexes it helps your face stay youthful for longer by pushing out any lines and filling out hollow eyes. With the right exercise (which includes weight training) and good diet, you can be shapely and toned, fit and healthy, and yes love the wobbly bits too.
1. Do you have a goal, and I mean a specific one? If so, are you thinking about it regularly? Focusing on a goal will help you hit your target by motivating you to succeed.
2. Do you workout 3 times a week AND follow a calorie restricted deficit plan designed for your body? Fat loss tends to be slower and harder if you only do one or the other of these during the week.
3. Do you work out at a high intensity? Providing you are relatively healthy, you should be pushing yourself every time you exercise. A little light workout is better than nothing, but won’t give you the body of your dreams or a satisfying shot of happy endorphins.
Many studies are continuing to come up on the positive benefits of dark (plain) chocolate. Some of these include; being a mild cough preventative, reducing the risk of heart disease, improving blood pressure and the circulatory system, and lowering bad cholesterol. These benefits appear to be linked to the level of anti-oxidant compounds called Flavonoids contained within dark chocolate (>55% cocoa).