Study Links Milk Consumption to Healthy Weight Loss

Study Links Milk Consumption to Healthy Weight Loss

Study Links Milk Consumption to Healthy Weight Loss

While many dieters have tried to avoid milk due to it’s fat and calorie content, a new study released in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that this may be preventing them from losing weight. The 2 year long weight loss study showed that adults who drank milk lost more weight than other participants. Researchers in Israel showed that study participants that drank the highest amount of milk, almost 2 full glasses each day, lost more weight over the 2 year period at nearly 12 pounds average weight loss.

Vitamin D levels were also much higher for milk drinkers in the study. Each additional serving of milk or quality dairy products was linked to another 10 pound weight loss. This occurred regardless of diet. In the study, participants followed either a low-fat, low-carbohydrate, or Mediterranean style diet. The participants were all overweight and between the ages of 40 and 65. The participants with the highest daily calcium intake from dairy lost 5 more pounds at the end of the study than those who avoided milk.

The vitamin D easily absorbed through milk intake also affects successful weight loss. Most Americans do not get the full 400IU of the vitamin each day. A lack of vitamin D in your diet can lower your immune system and increase your chances for gaining weight. Vitamin D is also crucial, especially when combined with calcium, for bone health, diabetes prevention, and preventing heart disease and even certain cancers. For dieters looking to lose some extra weight, three glasses of low or fat free milk each day may improve total weight lost and health in the process.


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