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The Common Drink That Doubles Weight Loss

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It contains both calcium and vitamin D, which have both been linked to weight loss in multiple studies.

Three servings of low-fat milk each day can almost double weight loss, new research finds.

Overweight and obese women in the study who were on a calorie-controlled diet lost 10 pounds in 8 weeks when they also drank low-fat milk.

Milk contains both calcium and vitamin D, which have both been linked to weight loss in multiple studies.

In comparison, those just restricting their diet without drinking dairy only lost 6 pounds.

Soy milk also helped people to lose weight, but was not as effective as dairy.

The study’s authors write:

“Our results showed that consumption of low-fat milk enhanced the beneficial effect of an energy restricted diet on central and general obesity and therefore a diet rich in dairy calcium could be tried in obese persons.”

The study included 100 overweight or obese women who were all put on a calorie-controlled diet.

However, some were given three servings of low-fat milk, some soy milk and others just a calcium supplement.

The results showed that people drinking three servings of low-fat milk per day lost the most weight: 10 lbs.

Those drinking soy milk lost an average of almost 8 lbs, those taking a calcium supplement 8.5 lbs and the control group just 6 lbs.

The study’s authors write:

“The results of this study demonstrated that a low energy
diet (500 kcal/day deficit) for 8 weeks can lead to a significant reduction in weight, BMI [body mass index], waist circumference, WHR [waist-hip ratio], body fat mass and percent body fat.

A modest weight loss in obese individuals (5%-10% of initial body weight) is likely to improve their health in the short term by reducing the severity of comorbidities associated with obesity.

Our findings also indicate that a high milk diet can lead to
a higher reduction in weight, BMI, waist circumference, and
WHR.”

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The study was published in the journal Cardiovascular Diseases (Faghih et al., 2019).