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Does calcium work for weight loss?

Calcium's effect on weight isn't well understood. A number of studies have found that people who get plenty of calcium in their diet tend to weigh less -- and gain less weight over time -- than people who consume less of the mineral. But it's not clear if calcium is responsible for the difference or if the real key is an unrecognized factor that tends to go along with a high-calcium diet. One reason for the uncertainty: When researchers have tried boosting calcium levels through food or supplements, it generally hasn't helped people lose weight.

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