For years, losing weight has been thought by many to be about "cutting out" foods from your diet. But emerging research suggests that what you keep in your diet may also aid in achieving healthy weight goals. Some Science indicates that enjoying three servings of milk, cheese or yogurt as part of a nutrient-rich, balanced diet may help you maintain an overall healthy weight.
- How dairy may help people achieve or maintain a healthy weight is not yet fully understood, but researchers believe dairy's unique nutrient package plays the biggest part.
- Results are better when people eat yogurt, cheese or milk, instead of taking a calcium supplement.
- Though dairy foods may play a specific role, calories and fat are still very important considerations when you want to lose weight and here's why:
Calories Do Count?
Losing weight is clearly a function of burning more calories than you consume. But some research suggests that if you cut out milk, cheese and yogurt to cut down on calories, you may be suppressing your body's own natural fat burning ability. Some of the research may seem complex, but the message is simple: if you want to lose weight cut the calories, but don't ditch the dairy.
The research may seem complex, but the message is simple: if you want to lose weight cut the calories, but don't ditch the dairy.
Can Kids Lose Too?
Most health experts avoid "weight loss" plans for kids. Restrictive diets can place a child at risk for nutrient deficiencies since their nutritional needs differ depending on age, growth spurts, etc.
Parents concerned over their child's stature can feel good about giving them the same three servings of milk, yogurt or cheese each day known to promote strong bones since dairy consumption has been linked to healthier weights in children.
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