Calcium and weight loss

Can calcium make me lose weight?

2003 study showed subjects who consumed 1000 mg daily as part of a reduced-calorie diet lost about 20 percent more weight than those who cut calories alone.

The yogurt-eaters consumed around 1,100 mg of calcium daily. The non-yogurt eaters consumed about 500 mg of calcium a day (the average amount in the typical American’s diet)

I personally recommend greek yogurt type FAGE ( low in fat, high in protein, very low in sugar

Surprising Results

All of the study subjects followed an individualized diet plan that provided 500 fewer calories than they normally consumed. The yogurt-eaters lost 22 percent more weight; 61 percent more body fat; and 81 percent more stomach fat than the non-yogurt-eaters.

Greek yogurt Brings a Double Benefit!

In addition to weight loss, the Greek yogurt eaters experienced an added benefit:

The Greek yogurt-eaters are about twice as effective at maintaining lean muscle mass.

This is a critical issue when dieting — you want to lose fat, not muscle. Muscle helps burn calories, but it is often compromised during weight loss.

Also of note is where the Greek yogurt eaters lost the most fat. They lost 8 percent more stomach fat than their counterparts. Abdominal fat is more dangerous than fat concentrated in other areas of the body.

Obese individuals who carry most of their weight at the stomach  are at a greater risk of developing serious health conditions.

The 1,100 mg of calcium helped the Greek yogurt eaters trim an average of one inch from their waistlines; they also experienced a six-fold greater decrease in waist circumference.

It appears that getting enough calcium may trigger the body to burn fat more efficiently.

Dr. Zemel says a diet low in calcium stimulates the production of fat-producing enzymes that break down fat. He recommends eating three servings of low- or non-fat dairy each day.”The moral of the calcium story is to not dump dairy when you’re dieting,” Dr. Zemel said. “… A diet rich in low-fat dairy foods, like yogurt, can help make your weight loss efforts easier.

A good lifestyle personal trainer/nutrition consltant will help you lose weight safely. He will provide details on using calcium as an aid to weight loss, a calorie-reduction diet, and advice on using calcium supplements.


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