Calcium for Weight Loss

Written by Michael Lewis

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------------ Calcium for Weight Loss


------------------- Calcium for Weight Loss

Calcium for Weight Loss

------------------- Psst, got milk? Calcium may berepparttar 143001 newest weight-loss secret. A new study provides more evidence that calcium can fight body fat and help keep your weight under control.

Researchers found that adolescent girls who consumed more calcium weighed less and had less body fat than girls who consumedrepparttar 143002 same amount of calories from other sources. Previous studies have shown that a higher calcium intake can block body fat production in adults and preschool children, but this is one ofrepparttar 143003 first studies to show that it might haverepparttar 143004 same effect in body-conscious preteen and teenage girls.

The study


The study, presented this week atrepparttar 143005 Experimental Biology 2003 meeting in San Diego, involved an ethnically mixed group of 321 girls aged nine to 14.

Each ofrepparttar 143006 girls recorded everything she ate and drank, along with any calcium or vitamin supplements, for three days. Researchers also measuredrepparttar 143007 girls' physical activity, weight, and amount of body fat just aboverepparttar 143008 hipbone -- a measure of abdominal fat.

Not surprisingly, they found thatrepparttar 143009 girls who consumed more total calories and exercised less weighed more and had more body fat. But when researchers compared girls with similar calorie intake, physical activity level, and size, they found thatrepparttar 143010 girls who consumed more calcium on average weighed less.

Researchers say most ofrepparttar 143011 calcium inrepparttar 143012 girls' diet came from dairy sources, and it didn't take much to make a difference in their body fat and weight. The study found an increase of one serving of dairy, such as a cup of milk or thumb-sized piece of cheese containing about 300 mg of calcium, was associated with about half an inch less abdominal fat and nearly 2 pounds in lower weight.

But researcher Rachel Novotny, PhD, RD, saysrepparttar 143013 findings shouldn't be interpreted as an excuse to add more cheese and other calcium-rich dairy products to your diet in repparttar 143014 hopes of stimulating weight loss.

"It doesn't mean that just eating more dairy can help you lose weight," says Novotny, professor and chair ofrepparttar 143015 department of human nutrition, food and animal sciences atrepparttar 143016 University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Calories are stillrepparttar 143017 bottom line

------------------------------- His findings, published in this week's Journal ofrepparttar 143018 "Calories are stillrepparttar 143019 bottom line," Novotny tells WebMD. "Doesrepparttar 143020 composition of calories matter? Yes, having more of them come from calcium-rich foods is associated with lower weight and lower body fat."

In light ofrepparttar 143021 current obesity epidemic, Novotny says these findings might provide a new way to help set up children for a healthy body weight later in life. Although reducing overall calorie intake and increasing physical activity arerepparttar 143022 most effective means to promote weight loss and reduce body fat in people of any age, she says a relatively small change in calcium intake might also lower body fat.

Does Ephedra Really Shed the Pounds like it Promises? I decided to put it to the Test!

Written by Mike Myroniuk

Sincerepparttar reintroduction of Ephedra based products on about April 15 of this year I have had a few close friends of mine contact myself about Ephedra. The had simple questions aboutrepparttar 142923 safety and effectiveness of Ephedra based products. We chose to purchase a bottle and run our own little test. The test consisted of 20 days, followingrepparttar 142924 instructions of course, with regular monitoring. The Results were not what we expected!

Just to get everyone that may not know about Ephedra up to speed we have included some fact about Ephedra and it's beginings. Ephedra (also known as Ma huang, Chinese Ephedra and epitonin) isrepparttar 142925 worlds oldest medicine.  The Chinese discovered ephedra more than 5000 years ago.  Research has shown that ephedra increases metabolism and helps promote weight loss, relaxesrepparttar 142926 air passages inrepparttar 142927 lungs to help treat asthma and cough, promotes perspiration to help a person recover from a minor cold and helps promote urination to help relieve edema.

Ephedra has been widely researched for its thermogenic (fat burning) properties.  Research has show that ephedra helps promoterepparttar 142928 loss of fat while helping spare lean muscle tissue, a highly sought-after property that prescription diet medications still have not been able to reproduce. 

On May 20 of this year, we started by taking weight measurments and sizes of out test subject (just so happens it is my wife, but she volunteered). Day after day she would takerepparttar 142929 required pills and myself would recordrepparttar 142930 effects. Remember that all these companies are promising you will lose 15lbs per week and 5 dress sizes in 3 weeks.

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