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June 23, 2009 at 05:23pm ET

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According to former Patriots Steve DeOssie and Fred Smerlas, apparently you can eat chocolate and lose weight.

The former players told the Boston Herald that they are convinced it works, and have launched their latest venture - selling bite-size chocolates that promise to trim your waistline at their site

“I don’t have a scale, but I can tell by my clothes that I’ve lost weight,” DeOssie told the newspaper.  “I’ve been up and down in my weight for years, but this chocolate seems to be working.”

At their website you can purchase “Tru Chocolate”, which according to the site is an “organic, sugarless chocolate sweetened with natural sweeteners and a proprietary herbal formula that boosts the health benefits of simple cocoa.”

The secret?  Eat one wafer with 8 ounces of water before meals. They claim that if the plan is followed, dieters can lose a pound a day.

It’s not inexpensive.  A bag, which contains just 15 individually wrapped chocolate pieces, costs $21.50 and requires an enrollment fee of $10.

Smerlas also claims that it’s worked for him.

“It definitely helped eliminate cravings,” Smerlas told the Herald. “I weighed 320 pounds when I started the Atkins (diet) a while ago and it brought me to 280, but I gained back 10 pounds and the Tru Chocolate brought me back down to 280.