4 Ways to Increase Your Calcium Intake to Boost Weight Loss

Posted September 18, 2015 by in Health + Fitness
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We all know the importance of sticking to a healthy diet by eating a variety of foods that are balanced and nutritious. But what if we told you that you were only a glass of milk away from enhancing your body’s fat burning potential? It sounds like an infomercial – but it’s not. It’s actually science.

There have been studies performed recently which have discovered that there may be a link between a diet that is deficient in calcium and a higher overall body weight. It was suggested that there may be a causal link between the two, and that increasing one’s calcium intake may actually work to reduce weight and fat gain, or to augment the fat loss process. Obviously, this is a highly interesting area of research owing to the sadly high rate of adult and child obesity. 

To learn more, other studies have been done which sought to examine whether natural calcium supplements actually affect body fat loss or weight loss. The studies that have been performed have not shown a significant amount of weight loss causality, but there was evidence to support a hypothesized small effect.

What this means is that by following a healthy and balanced diet and exercising – and then adding in a calcium supplement or calcium rich foods, you may see a better weight loss effect than by simply eating a balanced diet and doing exercise. It’s always best to consult with a healthcare professional when it comes to managing your health and diet, so do that before undertaking any sort of exercise or diet shift. 

If this new study interests you, keep reading. Below are possible ways for you to maximize your calcium intake every day, so that you can start improving your weight loss.

Breakfast

If you’re a cereal eater, make sure that you’re having milk and a calcium enriched yogurt on your muesli everyday. If you’re a savory breakfast person, then a serving of cheese can go a long way to helping you increase your daily calcium intake. If you’re always in a hurry in the A.M., consider making a smoothie with yogurt that you can enjoy during your morning commute.

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Lunch

Enjoy a salad for your lunch and be sure to include some low-fat feta cheese or some yogurt dressing. A serving of milk or a dairy-free alternative is also going to be a great addition for increasing your calcium intake.

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Dinner

Enjoy some steamed fish with heaps of green leafy vegetables as a side. The addition of green leafy vegetables is going to be a good boost for your calcium intake, as things like bok choy, broccoli and Chinese broccoli are all high in calcium. To maximize your greens, consider making a stir-fry dish. They’re affordable to make and they’re very good for you if you go light on the oil. 

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A final note is to include plenty of Vitamin D in your diet as well – and you can achieve this by taking a supplement or by getting some time in the sun, as both will boost your Vitamin D intake. The link between calcium and weight loss is an interesting one, and well worth exploring with your healthcare professional as part of a wider healthcare plan.