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Calcium And Weight Loss - Is There A Link?

We all know it - obesity is reaching epidemic levels here in the United States. Our Western Diet emphasizes foods that are high in fat, calories and sugar, coupled with the fact that people simply don't have time in their busy day for an extended exercise routine, resulting in a large percent of people being overweight.

But new findings have indicated that by including the mineral calcium to the diet, usually as low fat dairy products, that positive results concerning weight loss have been observed.

Recent studies by the American Dairy Association seems to indicate the presence of a link between calcium and weight loss. The research suggests that eating 3-4 portions of low fat dairy brings about a reduction in the fat content that is stored in the body by causing core body temperatures to increase, thereby causing the stored calories to burn faster. Their findings seem to indicate that those people who have the lowest amounts of calcium have higher amounts of stored fat.

Popular diets that advertise quick weight loss are found to have few dairy products, the high calcium foods, which can increase the risk for bone loss and osteoporosis. Women who use these diets should pay particular attention to their increased risks.

Foods that are high in calcium include milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, baked beans, dried figs, broccoli, and most dark green leafy vegetables.

Currently, the recommended daily amount for calcium is 800-1000 mg daily, while most Americans take in about 500-700 mg a day. Unless a diet is high in calcium, calcium supplements should be considered, to avoid the risks of bone loss and osteoporosis, and exploit the possible interconnection of calcium and weight loss.

The preceding analysis indicating that by increasing calcium levels in one's diet increases weight loss due to increased calorie burning, has not yet been fully established. Recent reports from the Journal of Clinical Nutrition seems to show contradictory indicators.

Before you begin any diet program you should first seek advice from your doctor, especially if you are under 18, pregnant, nursing or have a health problem. With the help of a registered dietitian, you can arrive at a specific diet, one that meets the particular nutritional needs of your body. The results of the current studies linking calcium and weight loss are currently inconclusive and more research is needed before a final determination can be made.

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