Dairy and Protein: Basic Weight Loss Foods

Many people overcomplicate weight loss and this can have a significant impact on a person’s ability to succeed. Weight loss, actually fat loss, is simply a process by which the body’s ability to catabolise fat is encouraged. There are a number of simple strategies that can be used to encourage this process, and one of them is to increase the dairy and protein content of the diet. Higher dairy and high protein diets have been consistently shown to have beneficial weight loss effects. There may be multiple reasons for this, but perhaps the most likely is that they are slow to digest and this can improve the glycaemic response from meals preventing the unnecessary development of insulin resistance and the negative fat gain effects that stem from this problem. Another benefit of a higher dairy and high protein diet is that it may also promote muscle mass gains, which is in itself protective of weight gain and obesity. Higher dairy and high protein diets therefore confer favourable body composition changes which can also benefit health. 

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Josse, A. R., Atkinson, S. A., Tarnopolsky, M. A. and Phillips, S. M. 2011. Increased consumption of dairy foods and protein during diet-and exercise-induced weight loss promotes fat mass loss and lean mass gain in overweight and obese premenopausal women. Journal of Nutrition. 141(9): 1626-1634

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