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High dairy calcium does not increase weight loss while on a diet; 20 lbs vs 21 lbs
Wednesday, May 30, 2007 1:31 am Email this article
Consuming lots of dairy while on a diet does not increase weight loss according to a recent study from the Unversity of Vermont. Men and women on a high dairy diet lost an average of 20 pounds compared to 21 pounds for those on a low dairy diet. Subjects
Subjects: One year, 50 women, 4 men
The study lasted for one year and involved 50 women and 4 men with an average body mass index (BMI) of 30 and who, on average were 46-years-old.
Weight loss: 20 lbs on high-dairy diet vs 21 lbs on low-dairy diet
Subjects who were put on a calorie-restricted diet, reduced by 500 calories below a person’s needs, that included 3 or 4 serving of dairy per day, a total of 1200 to 1400 mg of calcium per day, lost an average of 19.8 pounds compared to 21.1 pounds for those who ate a calorie-restricted diet that included only one serving of dairy per day, which contained approximately 500 mg of calcium per day.
Conclusion: Dairy calcium does not improve weight loss while on a diet
“[A] high-dairy calcium diet does not substantially improve weight loss beyond what can be achieved in a behavioral intervention,” concluded a recent study.
Harvey-Berino J, Gold B, Lauber R, Starinski A. The impact of calcium and dairy product consumption on weight loss. Obes Res. 2005 Oct, 13(10):1720-26.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405-0148, USA
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