Five Ways Yogurt Can Help You Lose Weight, Improve Health
Statistics show that Americans enjoyed $7.3 billion dollars in yogurt in 2013, and that figure is expected to rise to 9.3 by 2017. Considering the health and weight loss benefits associated with eating yogurt, there's no wonder it's such an enduringly popular snack. Here are five great reasons to add it to your daily diet today.
- It can help you slim down: In one recent study by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville participants who ate 18 ounces of yogurt each day lost 22 percent more weight and 81 percent more belly fat than dieters who didn't eat yogurt. These participants also retained one-third more lean muscle mass, which can help you burn calories and maintain weight loss.
- It's high in protein: Getting plenty of protein can significantly aid in weight loss, in part because it helps you to keep you feeling full and less likely to overeat or snack throughout the day. Understand that different types and brands of yogurt can have very different protein contents. For example,Greek yogurt, which is strained to make it thicker, has up to 20 grams of protein per container, while traditional yogurt may have as few as five grams. If you're looking to lose weight, choose a yogurt that's low in calories, fat and sugar that has at least 10 grams of protein per serving.
- It's high in calcium: Calcium can boost your metabolism, which aids in weight loss. One study funded by the National Dairy Council showed that participants who ate a high-calcium, low-fat diet reported a 42-percent fat loss, while participants who ate a low-fat diet that lacked calcium experienced only an eight-percent fat loss.
- It can help your body recover after a workout: Yogurt is a top choice for a post-workout snack. That's because just a cup of yogurt a day can help your body recover faster after strenuous exercise. Protein provides the amino acids that your muscles need to repair themselves and the healthy carbohydrates that replace your muscles' depleted energy stores.
- It's packed with vitamins: One serving of a high-quality yogurt packs significant amounts of multiple beneficial nutrients including potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, iodine, zinc, and vitamins B5 and B12, which maintains red blood cells and helps keep your nervous system functioning properly.
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