Friday, January 7, 2011
Ice Cream and Weight Loss
Wouldn't it be nice if there was a weight loss ice cream? As the summer looms ahead of us, it seems natural to want to enjoy a sundae or a cone of your favorite frozen treat. If you're trying to lose weight though, it's difficult. Most diets suggest that you eliminate all junk foods...and that includes ice cream. Which is a big bummer.
But the truth is that you can still eat dessert and lose weight--you just have to make smart choices about the desserts that you do choose to eat.
Hot new research reveals that ice cream, when eaten as part of a healthy diet, may actually melt away fat, helping you lose weight quicker than if you abstained! Plus a dish a day helps you get healthier in other ways according to Marsha Hudnall's book, THE ICE CREAM DIET.
A key benefit of ice cream is the calcium it provides. Only 4% of women over 50 meet the daily 1,200 mg goal. The average female calcium intake is only 652 mg. Less than one third of men reach these same goals.
How does calcium help you lose? A diet low in calcium shuts down your body's fat burning ability, say experts. When your body doesn't get enough calcium, it triggers fat cells to store fat and get bigger.
Several studies have shown that a diet high in low-fat dairy has increased the amount of fat lost and lowered the amount of fat storage causing quick weight loss. ncreasing your calcium intake by eating low-fat high calcium source dairy foods.
The recommended amount of calcium for women is 1,000 to 1,300 mg per day.
The recommended amount of calcium for men is 1,000 to 1,200 mg per day.