Five Health and Weight Loss Benefits of Yogurt

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Yogurt is a favorite snack - and with good reason. It's loaded with beneficial nutrients that can help you slim down and stay healthy. Here are four top health and weight loss benefits of eating yogurt.

  1. Yogurt is loaded with vitamins: Just one serving of a high-quality yogurt can pack significant amounts of potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, iodine, zinc, and vitamins B5 and B12, which maintains red blood cells and helps keep your nervous system functioning properly.
  2. Yogurt is high in protein: Getting plenty of protein is key for weight loss because it helps you to keep you feeling full and less likely to overeat or snack mindlessly. Keep in mind, though, that yogurt types and brands can vary greatly in their protein content. 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.
  3. Yogurt is high in calcium: Research shows that getting plenty of calcium each day can increase your basal metabolic rate, which can significantly aid in weight loss. One study funded by the National Dairy Council showed that a high-calcium, low-calorie diet boosted fat loss by 42 percent, compared to only 8 percent for with a low-calorie diet that lacked in calcium.
  4. Yogurt can help you recover faster after a workout: Just a cup of yogurt a day can help your body recover faster after strenuous exercise, making it a great post-workout snack. That's because the protein lends the amino acids that your muscles need to repair themselves and the healthy carbohydrates replace your muscles' depleted energy stores. Pair it with a bottle of water, as research suggests that the protein in yogurt may help increase the amount of water absorbed by the intestines, improving hydration.
  5. Yogurt can help you lose weight: In one recent study, researchers with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville found that eating 18 ounces of yogurt a day helped participants lose 22 percent more weight and 81 percent more belly fat than dieters who didn't eat yogurt. Yogurt-eating participants also retained one-third more calorie-torching lean muscle mass, which can help you maintain weight loss. 

The best yogurt choices are those with at least 10 grams of protein per serving, and that are low in calories, fat and sugar.

For more weight-loss tips and guidance, call 800-501-8090 and schedule a consultation with a nutrition and exercise specialist at your nearest Metabolic Research Center. 


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