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Can calcium help me lose weight?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Getting enough calcium, especially through low-fat dairy foods, may help you lose weight if you're following a calorie-controlled weight-loss program. People who consume too little calcium are more likely to gain weight than those who get adequate calcium in their diets. In some studies of people on weight-loss diets, those who consumed more calcium from dairy foods, such as yogurt, lost more weight than dieters who took in less dairy-based calcium. But increasing calcium isn't a weight-loss solution on its own. You need to do it as part of a balanced program.
When you’re calcium deficient, your body is more disposed to create fat cells than when you’re getting an adequate amount of calcium. Researchers at the University of Tennessee found that high calcium, and especially high-dairy diets, seemed to enhance weight loss among obese individuals who were already following a low-calorie regimen -- but other investigators have had difficulty duplicating these results.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
You already know that calcium is good for your bones, but some research has suggested that it may also help with weight loss. One study found that 1,000 milligrams a day of calcium helps both reduce fat intake and increase fat metabolism -- a double whammy in the world of weight loss. You can get the calcium (which is absorbed better through the liquid form of milk, called the whey, than the solid part, the curd) through the usual suspects like low-fat dairy products or supplements. But don't rule out the stealth sources either, like sardines, beans, sesame seeds, and oranges.


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