5 Science-Backed Ways Dark Chocolate Can Boost Your Workout

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Here’s how to get the most out of your favorite treat.

Sports Medicine
f
ound that ingesting caffeine enhances both strength and endurance. Plus, consuming caffeine with carbs—a combo you see in chocolate—can help
boost your muscle recovery
after a hard workout.
Just make sure you are chomping it down in a rush, says Eric Johnson, strength and conditioning coach and owner of fitness company HOMAGE. Practicing mindfulness and taking time to enjoy the chocolate will help you get set to tackle your workout ahead.
How to Fuel With Chocolate
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Chocolate can be a great source of fuel if you do it right—here are some tips to keep in mind.
Since chocolate is higher in fat than other carb sources, keep the portion small (think a quarter of a bar). Fat takes longer to break down than carbs for use as fuel, compared to a simple sugar or piece of fruit.

If you’re eating chocolate preworkout, try to do so about two hours before your sweat session.
If you are using it for recovery, stick to 1 to 2 ounces, which can help replace glycogen stores after a workout, Rizzo says. Pair it with some protein, like a glass of milk or some nut butter. The protein-carb combo is essential for muscle recovery.
Chocolate can also be a trigger for those who suffer from acid reflux, so if you start noticing symptoms like heartburn or indigestion during a workout, you may want to avoid it as preworkout fuel.
Jordan Smith
Digital Editor
Her love of all things outdoors came from growing up in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and her passion for running was sparked by local elementary school cross-country meets.
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