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Increase calcium to loose weight

I know that calcium is good for healthy bones and preventing osteoporosis, however I didn’t know that increasing calcium in the diet can also help me lose weight.  Did you?

A group of obese women who doubled their calcium to 1,200 milligrams a day lost 6 times as much weight as women who did not increase their calcium, according to a study. That is a big difference for a small change!


The calcium weight loss study

Canadian researchers studied 63 obese and overweight women over a 15 week period who were asked to follow a weight loss diet. Half the group took 1 tablet of 600mg of calcium and vitamin D twice a day, that’s a total of 1,200mg of calcium a day. The other half took placebo tablets.

The results. At the end of the study the women who took 1,200 mg of calcium each day showed a significant decrease in body weight and fat mass. The women who followed the weight loss diet alone lost 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of weight while those who took the calcium supplement lost nearly 6 kg (13.2 pounds).

The researchers suggest that the brain can tell when the body lacks calcium and tells the body to eat more food to get the calcium it needs. Increasing calcium reduced the desire to eat. The study was published in The British Journal of Nutrition.


Use ‘Events’ to track your changes in calcium

You can use ‘Events’ in My Weight Software to track how calcium affects your weight loss.

Go to the Home page and click on ‘View events’. Then click on ‘Create a new event’ to add a description of your diet change. For example, “Calcium – intake up to 1200mg”. Choose a picture icon as a visual reminder on your chart.

Events are a great way to track changes in your calcium intake or any diet and exercise changes.


How do I increase calcium in the diet?

Dairy foods are a good way to increase calcium. 1 cup of milk can have up to 300mg of calcium and 1 cup of yogurt can have up to 400mg of calcium.

Great vegetable sources are broccoli and most green leafy vegetables. Canned sardines and salmon (with bones) are both excellent sources of calcium to include in your diet.


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