Dairy Products May Burn Fat Around the Belly, New Study Shows

Dairy Products May Burn Fat Around the Belly, New Study Shows

Dairy Products May Burn Fat Around the Belly, New Study Shows

Study: 66.2% of Total Fat Loss Was From the Stomach Region

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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 Eating

Healthy 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.

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Everyone who works out understands, or should understand, the importance of a diet high in protein for building muscle.

What isn’t so obvious, however, is the importance of a high-protein diet for burning fat, particularly that of the abdominal variety.

You see, one of the most effective dietary weapons in our fat-fighting arsenal is something called the “thermic” response to food.

What that means is when we eat, our bodies burn calories to digest the food. And more calories burned can mean more fat lost.

Recently researchers from Arizona State University investigated the thermic response of a standard high-carbohydrate diet (60 percent carbs, 15 percent protein and 25 percent fat) and a higher-protein diet (40 percent protein, 30 percent carbs and 30 percent fat).

The thermic effect was found to be significantly greater — to the tune of an extra 58 extra calories burned after each meal — aong those on the higher-protein diet.


Many Americans who are trying to lose fat routinely skip breakfast as a means of reducing calorie intake. Bad idea, say researchers from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Recently, Dr. Holly Wyatt and colleagues evaluated weight history and breakfast consumption of 2,959 men and women who had lost and maintained an average of 32.4 pounds for six years.