Recent studies have demonstrated that people who consume three servings of low or fat-free dairy per day have lower body weight and less body fat, especially around the stomach area. Based on the study data, eating foods high in calcium -- perhaps even more-so dairy foods -- helps in weight reduction and maintenance when combined with a calorie-restricted diet.
It has been estimated that if adults increase their calcium intake by 300 mg a day, they will lose seven pounds! Note, however, that the results come from eating calcium-rich foods. Calcium supplements do not have the same effect.
Take a moment to consider how you can add more calcium to your meals and snacks:
Remember that calcium alone won't cause you to lose weight -- calories still count. Eat a well-rounded diet, and make it a goal to include more calcium-rich foods.
Megan Porter, RD