Calcium Could Help Lose Weight

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Dieting women with high calcium intakes might be losing more weight and body fat than other women, regardless of exercise. "Low-fatdairy products are high in calcium and can be incorporated into a weight-management program," suggests nutritionist Eileen Paul.

Medical scientists reporting in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that both calcium and vitamin A have a major impact on body weight and body fat.

"This study adds to a growing body of work supporting the concept that increased calcium intakeis associated with weight loss," Paul says. The researchers say young women of average body weight who want to lose fat should con-sume the recommended daily level of 1,000 milligrams of calcium, along with 5,000 international units of vitamin A and roughly 1,950 calories each day. The study found that the average women's daily calcium intake was only 781 milligrams per day.