Calcium and Dairy
I remember pouring over the astonishing research on MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acids) for Flat Belly Diet! and feeling so excited that I had stumbled upon a nutrient that helped the body shed fat. I feel the same way now as I learn about the fat releasing properties of vitamin C, calcium and dairy, protein, and more-that certain foods, actions, and activities can gently shift your body into fat release mode. Let’s start with calcium and dairy.
Your mom told you to drink your milk because its calcium was good for your bones. What she probably didn’t know: That same calcium also helps control your hunger. Research shows that people who don’t consume enough of this bone-building mineral have a greater fat mass and less control of their appetite-two things The Digest Diet can help you reverse.
Yes, dairy is an excellent source of calcium, but I’ve singled it out because studies have found that dairy sources of calcium are markedly more effective in accelerating fat loss than other sources. Researchers theorize that other ingredients in dairy act synergistically with the calcium. (I love the two-for-one nature of this fat releaser!)
In one study out of the University of Tennessee, researchers showed that eating three servings of dairy daily significantly reduced body fat in obese subjects. And if subjects restricted calories while consuming the same dairy servings, fat and weight loss accelerated.
There’s more! A great study done in 2010 indicated that drinking fat-free milk immediately after whole-body resistance training and again one hour after the workout allowed participants to increase fat loss, gain greater muscle and strength, and strengthen bones by reducing bone cell turnover. Drink milk and get all these amazing benefits? Sign me up