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Dairy products help you lose fat!! (belly area)


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First off , i am not a scientist, I just read this from several articles and some youtube videos from bbc programs, but it is said that is is scientifically proved and there are experiments that show having dairy products help you lose alot of fat (double amount of fat excrete out of the body)

I am not sure if i can show the utube video from bbc, but if u go to utube and search for bbc how to be slim part 3/6, then at 3:50 it talks about the experiment

and this is what it says on some articles

Calcium Rich Dairy Products: Calcium in dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt act as fat burner that can boost weight loss by increasing fat breakdown in fat cells. According to Professor Michael Zemel at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, (Obesity Research, April 2004; vol 12; pp 582-590), a dairy-rich diet with same calorie restriction can nearly double the rate of weight and fat loss. Eating 3-4 servings of dairy products a day is more effective at enhancing weight loss efforts than calcium supplementation alone. Dairy products may therefore be termed as fat burning foods or fat burners.
The researchers found:
Overweight people who consumed 3 servings a day of calcium-rich dairy lost more belly fat than those who followed a similar diet minus two or more of the dairy servings. The calcium supplements didn't work as well as milk.

 

Again i am not a scientist, however I do believe it is true as many experiments have been done, so hopefully it helps people that want to lose fat especially in the belly area!


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key word is "help." While it can "aid," its only a very slight amount and you'd be much better off focusing on cutting down on cals and getting to the gym instead of worrying about how much dairy you've chugged that day.

I'm a bit skeptical - seeing as the acknowledge the national dairy council for their research (down the bottom of the original text), and also more recent reviews have demonstrated that of those "many experiments" - most showed no significant relationship between dairy and weight/fat loss [1]

[1] Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter. New York: Aug 2008. Vol. 26, Iss. 6; pg. 6, 1 pgs

 

to be honest from what I've read, there is a small effect of dairy and calcium, but its really nothing to go bonkers over.

Compared to a diet eating (what) with the same total calories? What % of fat in the daily? Did the dairy replace carbs?

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well i personally find it amazing, i know diet and exercise are more important, and i could understand people being doubtful about this, there is no harm for knowing more i guess!

In the experiment, both group of people have the same calories diet, one with dairy one without, and turns out that those on dairy diet excrete DOUBLE amount of fat.

These studies, and the commercials that came out a year or so ago, mention cutting calories while taking in dairy products.  Even that was sponsored.  It's possible that the 2-3 servings of dairy helped cut cravings, since cheese is high in fat, and yogurt is a good snack anyway.

I don't eat meat so I tend to eat dairy products during the day:  fat free cottage cheese, fat free plain yogurt, nonfat milk, and small serves of cheese (1/2 oz.).  My weight loss has been good so I'd have to give the thumbs up to the concept.

That said I notice that even with all my dairy I still rarely hit the mark on the "required" calcium for the day :/

There are lots of other factors to weight loss too.  And I'm always wary of studies and who funds them.  Always!  There's always an ulterior motive to "studies that find."  

I wonder if the studies are simply a backlash against all the dietary hype a few years ago saying dairy food was "bad" for you due to the saturated fat.

Now we know there is nothing wrong with consuming dairy food in moderation, just like almost anything else.

Bottom line calories in vs. calories out... as long as the first is less than the second you will lose weight.

I think dairy is an excellent source of protein and calium, especially for those of us who are either vegetarians or limit our consumption of meat and fish.  Also, the added vitamin D type is great for vitamin D if you live in the northern part of the country where the sun isn't bright enough in winter for your body to produce it.  But I don't think it's a magical "reduce the belly fat" part of your diet.

By all means, drink milk, eat yogurt, enjoy dairy (as long as your not lactose intolerant) as part of your diet.  But don't expect it to work miracles.

Many other places in the world don't consume dairy regularly (i.e. Mediterranean Diet and Asian countries) both groups are not as obese as Americans are and don't have a huge amount of visceral fat. I'm not saying dairy is terrible because it's not, but we don't need dairy to lose weight.

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Many other places in the world don't consume dairy regularly (i.e. Mediterranean Diet and Asian countries) both groups are not as obese as Americans are and don't have a huge amount of visceral fat. I'm not saying dairy is terrible because it's not, but we don't need dairy to lose weight.

Most Asians and Mediterraneans also don't eat as much red meat, sugar, and friend chicken as Americans do, and they tend to get more exercise. I agree with you that dairy isn't necessary, vegans live without it, but your comment seems to tie dairy to obesity (whether you meant to or not) and that's not the case.

Dairy is neither an evil obesity creator nor a magic fat-melter.  It's healthy, in moderation.

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Original Post by corinth13:

Many other places in the world don't consume dairy regularly (i.e. Mediterranean Diet and Asian countries) both groups are not as obese as Americans are and don't have a huge amount of visceral fat. I'm not saying dairy is terrible because it's not, but we don't need dairy to lose weight.

Most Asians and Mediterraneans also don't eat as much red meat, sugar, and friend chicken as Americans do, and they tend to get more exercise. I agree with you that dairy isn't necessary, vegans live without it, but your comment seems to tie dairy to obesity (whether you meant to or not) and that's not the case.

Dairy is neither an evil obesity creator nor a magic fat-melter.  It's healthy, in moderation.

 That's not what I meant that dairy just contributes to obesity; I don't think it does at all (I eat greek yogurt and cottage cheese everyday) but to say that it leads to a flat stomach is a stretch. They do also eat less sugar, red meat, fried food, and exercise a lot more than Americans. I am in school for nursing, I do know these things. I even said dairy is not terrible, I do believe it offers incredible benefits just I don't believe that by eating it, I'll get washboard abs.

I didn't mean to imply that you didn't know what you were talking about.  I just thought the way you phrased it was open to the interpretation that dairy was the primary difference, and I didn't want someone to be confused on the point and think that eliminating dairy was the way to go to lose weight either. 

Sorry if it sounded like I was disagreeing with you, or implying that you didn't know what you were talking about.

No it's fine! No need to apoligize! I just don't want people to think that dairy is evil or the answer to everything.

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