Dairy Products May Burn Fat Around the Belly, New Study Shows
| Increasing dietary calcium specifically from dairy foods may significantly speed up fat oxidation (burning), according to a new study from researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. |
Previous research has shown calcium itself may stimulate weight loss, but this is believed to be the first study showing that dairy products exert a substantially greater effect on fat loss compared to an equivalent amount of supplemental calcium.
In the study, 32 adult subjects were randomized to a control diet (1 serving of 400 to 500 milligrams of calcium per day supplemented with a placebo); high calcium (control diet supplemented with 800 milligrams of calcium per day); or high-dairy (three to four servings of low-fat dairy products per day, which equated to 1,200 to 1,300 milligrams of calcium per day.
“Fat loss with the high-calcium and high-dairy diets augmented fat loss by 38 percent and 64 percent, respectively, over the low-calcium diet,” report the researchers.
What’s more, fat loss from the abdominal region (belly fat) represented 19 percent of total fat loss on the low-calcium diet, and this fraction was increased to 50.1 percent and 66.2 percent on the high-calcium and high-dairy diets,” they write.
“Thus, increasing dietary calcium significantly augments weight and fat loss secondary to caloric restriction and increases the percentage of fat loss from the trunk region. Moreover, dairy products exert a substantially greater effect on both fat loss and fat distribution compared to an equivalent amount of supplemental calcium.”
Study: Energize Your Body and Life with Clean EatingHealthy eating habits are not only good for the body but may shape up a person’s quality of life, as well, suggests a new study published in the August edition of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine.
According to the report, individuals who exercised dietary restraint for four years were much more self-assured, confident and satisfied with life in general, compared with their carefree-eating peers.
The study followed 194 people who switched to a healthy, nutrient-dense diet and 200 people who continued eating like regular people do.
The healthy eaters were instructed to consume a moderate protein- and complex-carbohydrate-containing diet with no more than 20 percent of their calories from fat. They were also asked to eat 18 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories consumed and to eat five to eight servings of fruit and vegetables daily.
“This study provides evidence that, given appropriate support, free-living individuals can successfully alter their eating patterns in multiple ways without a negative impact on quality of life,” says Dr. Donald Corle of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, and the study’s lead author.