Friday, March 25, 2011
Milk and Calcium for Weight Loss
In particular, milk is a good source of protein, zinc and some B vitamins. But it’s also one of the main providers of calcium, a mineral that not only helps to keep bones strong, but according to recent research, may also help us lose weight.
Well, obviously all calories count - even those from milk ;)
Skim milk is one of my best friends: i just poured a glass (12 oz, 120 calories), because it's been a couple of hours since breakfast and i know it will allow me to put lunch off a little longer (and get a little more work done) than i otherwise would. It's full of protein and other nutrients, plus it's mostly water, so you get the benefit of hydration, too.
I treat it as a healthy, low-(almost no-)fat snack, better for me than almost anything else with equal calories.
But--you know--i also like the taste. It's the only food that i have actual, physical cravings for. substitute skim milk for yogurt or cottage cheese and it would sit in my fridge and go moldy.
One study found significantly more weight loss in those people who consumed 1,200 mg of calcium per day, along with a low-calorie meal plan, than in those who consumed less calcium. This study suggested that the minimum intake from low- or non-fat dairy foods per day should be 1,000 mg.