Weight-loss drink

first_imgBy Morgan RoanUniversity of GeorgiaIf you’re on a low-carb diet, milk isn’t the choice for you. Butyou may want to rethink your choices. New research shows thatdiets high in dairy products can lead to weight loss and a leanerbody mass.In a study published in “Lipids” in 2003, Michael Zemel, directorof the University of Tennessee Nutrition Institute, found that”low-calcium diets impede body fat loss, whereas high-calciumdiets markedly accelerate fat loss.”Zemel, author of a new diet book, “The Calcium Factor,” said thecalcium effect in slowing weight and fat gain and speeding fatloss is greater when the source is milk and other dairy products.Another study by Zemel and others, to be published in the April”Obesity Research,” had similar findings.Good for youMilk has about 12 grams of carbs per cup and 8 grams of protein,said Connie Crawley, a nutrition and health specialist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.Adults and children both should drink or eat at least threeservings of fat-free or reduced-fat dairy products a day, shesaid.”The longer a person goes without healthy carbs such as milk,fruits, vegetables and whole grains,” she said, “the more damageit could cause the body.”Reduces disease riskCrawley said research has consistently shown that “people who eatsignificant amounts of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and dairyproducts on a regular basis have a lower risk for developingchronic diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressureand some cancers.”Milk is a key source of Vitamin D, which helps grow strong bones.It has a lot of Vitamin A and riboflavin, too.”If you cut out milk from your diet, not many other food sourcescontain a considerable amount of fortified Vitamin D,” Crawleysaid. “Neither cheese nor yogurt contains a lot of Vitamin D.”High in proteinMany Atkins dieters avoid drinking milk because it’s high incarbs. The diet calls for high-protein foods with few carbs.While milk does contain carbohydrates, the protein in one cup ofskim milk is also equal to that in 1 ounce of meat.If you want to lose weight and keep it off, “dietary calciumintake can help promote this loss,” said Cheryl Hayn, nutritionalprogram manager for the Southeast United Dairy IndustryAssociation.When a person loses weight, Hayn said, muscle is usually burnedfirst, then fat. Studies have shown, however, that calcium mayalso help preserve muscle mass during weight loss.(Morgan Roan is a student writer with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. CAESnews editor Dan Rahn also contributed to this article.)last_img

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