Weight loss: Does drinking milk help?

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Weight loss: Does drinking milk help?

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Can drinking milk really help me lose weight?

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Some research suggests that drinking more milk may help some people lose weight. How? It appears that dairy products contain certain substances — including calcium — that may help regulate weight loss. But much more research is needed to determine what, if any, role milk and other dairy products may play in weight loss.

A number of studies have examined the possible connection between dairy and weight loss. Some studies indicate that people who incorporate dairy products into a reduced-calorie diet lose more weight than do those who restrict calories but consume little or no dairy. However, other studies have shown no effect on weight loss from dairy intake. In addition, one study involving children showed weight gain with increased dairy intake.

The debate on this controversial issue is far from over. Although there is some evidence that getting three servings a day of low-fat or fat-free dairy products can enhance weight loss, this evidence is not conclusive. However, even if further evidence shows that dairy products have little effect on weight loss, they are still good sources of calcium, which is essential for bone health.

Last Updated: 08/17/2005
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