Dairy may not help weight loss after all

April 20, 2005 in Nutrition Topics in the News, Weight Management

Dairy may not help weight loss after all

Despite earlier reports that eating dairy products can help people lose weight, new study findings show eating dairy foods may do little in the short term for young women looking to shed some pounds.

Researchers followed a group of women for one year and found that those who ate the most dairy -- equivalent to 3 to 4 glasses of milk per day -- were no more likely to gain or lose weight than people who took in no more than the equivalent of 1 glass of milk per day.

These findings suggest that if dairy products do in fact have any effect on body weight, it may take longer than a year to make a noticeable difference. Even if the effect of calcium or dairy products on preventing weight gain is small, it may mean a big difference over several years.

Further studies are needed to examine the potential beneficial effects of dairy products and calcium on weight loss in the long term.

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