Three servings of yoghurt a day can greatly increase weight loss, research finds.
Study participants who ate yoghurt lost nearly twice the amount of body fat, the study showed.
Yoghurt aids weight loss due to its calcium content.
Calcium acts as a signal to cells to stop storing fat and start burning it.
Professor Michael Zemel, the study’s first author, said:
“When we put people on diets that include three servings of yogurt a day, we-re able to nearly double the amount of fat that is lost, compared to people on a low-dairy diet.”
The conclusions come from a study of 34 obese adults who were split into two groups.
Both were put on a calorie-restricted diet.
However, one group had 1,100 mg of calcium a day, included in three servings of light yoghurt.
The other group had just 500mg of calcium per day.
The results showed that those taking calcium lost 22 percent more weight and 61 percent more body fat.
Professor Zemel said:
“We have one more tool to combat the obesity epidemic.
People shoot themselves in the foot by jettisoning dairy when they go on diets.
What they need to do is maintain or increase the dairy intake for a host of health-related reasons, and here-s one more: it’s going to help you burn fat.”
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The study was published in the International Journal of Obesity (Zemel et al., 2005).